For all first-time freshmen and transfer students who have attempted fewer than 16 semester (or 24 quarter) hours of credit elsewhere, placement into mathematics, English, and academic development courses shall be based on a combination of factors including: ACT scores, high school rank, high school coursework and/or results of placement tests.
First-time freshman and transfer students who have attempted fewer than 16 semester (or 24 quarter) hours of credit elsewhere who do not submit information about high school rank and ACT scores will be required to take University placement tests.
Students whose placement tests scores in writing, reading, and/or mathematics are below internally established indicators of college entry level competence must begin the process of development or redevelopment in the initial academic term of enrollment and must demonstrate steady progress in each succeeding term toward successful completion of the process. This process must be concluded within 32 semester hours and prior to enrollment in any courses for which the corresponding skill courses are a prerequisite. Most courses designated AD (Academic Development) and all courses numbered below 100 carry institutional credit only; that is, they do not count toward graduation.
Transfer students who have attempted at least 16 semester (24 quarter) hours of credit elsewhere and who have not completed two English composition courses (equivalent to English 101 and English 102) with grades of C or better must take University placement tests in reading and writing. Transfer students who otherwise satisfactorily transfer in either English 101 or 102, or its equivalent (e.g., advanced placement), will have the requirement to take the writing placement test waived. Transfer students who have attempted at least 16 semester (24 quarter) hours of credit elsewhere and not have completed an intermediate algebra course (equivalent to AD 095) with a grade of C or better must take the University mathematics placement test. Placement test results for these transfer students will be used for diagnostic purposes to assist students in selecting appropriate coursework and for the University Assessment program.
Students whose test scores meet internally established indicators of college entry level competence in writing must fulfill their high school deficiency by successfully completing English 111 or higher. Students whose test scores meet internally established indicators of college entry level competence in mathematics must fulfill their high school mathematics deficiency by successfully completing Math 120 or higher. Those students whose test scores fall below such internally established indicators will be required to enroll in and successfully complete appropriate course work as determined by their test scores and other transcript and ACTE factors. No credit toward graduation will be awarded for developmental courses used to meet high school course deficiencies.
Students who are lacking courses in areas other than skills must complete one 3 semester hour course in the area(s) of deficiency for every year (or fraction thereof) of deficiency in such high school courses. Courses must be selected from Introductory and Advanced General Education departmental courses numbered below 300, or from the following non-General Education courses that have been approved for correcting deficiencies: CHEM 113 may be selected to rectify a deficiency in the specific requirement for one year of chemistry, PHYS 119 may be selected to rectify a deficiency in the requirement for a third year of science, and AD 085 may be selected to rectify a deficiency in the specific requirement of one year of Geometry. Students must complete such courses with a passing grade or achieve a minimum grade of "C" on proficiency examinations for these courses. (All departmental courses numbered 111 are required to have proficiencies; whether proficiency examinations are to be administered for advanced courses is at the discretion of departments.) No courses taken to rectify such high school course deficiencies will carry credit toward meeting general education requirements or major/minor requirements. Credit will be awarded as elective credit toward graduation, i.e., elective credits not required by the major and/or minor.
Approved by Chancellor effective 5/22/00
This policy was issued on January 11, 2002, replacing the September 14, 2000 version.
Document Reference: 1G2
Origin: CC 7-90/91; CC 12-90/91; CC 14-90/91; OP 8/1/91; OP 11/22/91; CC 14-91/92; OP 8/20/92; CC 7-92/93; CC 21-92/93; CC 11-99/00