According to Board of Regents policies, “All non-traditional freshmen must be screened for placement in learning support courses using the ACCUPLACER administered by a University System institution and must meet University System criteria for exemption or exit of learning support in reading, English, and mathematics. As an alternative, an institution may allow non-traditional freshmen who have within the past seven years posted SAT scores of at least 500 in both Verbal and Mathematics or ACT scores of at least 21 on both English and Mathematics to exempt the ACCUPLACER placement test.”
The purpose of the Learning Support Program is to provide students who have been admitted with inadequate skills in reading, composition, and/or mathematics the opportunity to develop those skills to entry-level competency for regular freshman credit hours. If results of the placement tests reflect a need for assistance in developing academic skills of those who qualify for admission, students will be enrolled in a portion or in all of the Learning Support curriculum.
Learning Support courses carry institutional credit but not credit toward a degree. Except for Hope scholarship calculations, institutional credit is not used in computing grade point averages. If the diagnostic tests so indicate, a student may be allowed to enroll in one or more college-level courses for degree credit concurrently with Learning Support courses. The student’s first obligation, however, is to satisfy Learning Support requirements, and a student may not accumulate more than thirty (30) hours of degree-credit before completing Learning Support requirements.
Students’ progress will be assessed periodically, and they may move out of Learning Support courses at the end of any semester, provided satisfactory levels of proficiency have been reached. Students have a maximum of two semesters to exit Learning Support English and Reading. Students have a maximum of three semesters to exit Learning Support Math (since the math area has two courses, students have a maximum of two semesters in Math 0989). A Learning Support student who does not complete requirements for an area in the appropriate number of semesters, will be placed on dismissal. Any student placed on dismissal for failure to exit Learning Support will be excluded for one year. Any Learning Support student who is placed on dismissal for failure to exit Learning Support may apply for readmission as a transfer student after satisfying Learning Support requirements and completing thirty hours of college-level work with a minimum GPA of 2.0. A Learning Support student who enrolls at another institution before completing Learning Support requirements at Georgia Southern may apply for readmission as a transfer student after satisfying Learning Support requirements and completing thirty hours of college-level work with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Students may carry a maximum of 15 hours (including any Learning Support courses) except in their third semester when they are limited to 12 hours.
Learning Support students will be assigned an advisor in the Academic Success Center and must see this advisor for drop/add and registration (even if the student has declared a major).
Students are not allowed to drop any required Learning Support classes. The only way a student can withdraw from a required Learning Support course is to withdraw from school.
Students who apply for or receive financial aid and who are enrolled as Learning Support students will receive the same consideration and awards as any other student.
Students who are not required to enroll in a Learning Support course may enroll on an audit basis only. They will be expected to participate in the course and take the tests, but they will not be subject to the Learning Support exit requirements.
Last updated: 1/8/2013