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Learning Support

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 Learning Support Program provides students who have been admitted with less developed skills in reading, composition, and/or mathematics the opportunity to bring those skills up to the competency needed for first-year credit hours.  Students are enrolled in the Learning Support Program based on their placement test results.

Learning Support courses carry institutional credit but not credit toward a degree.  While the student may be taking collegiate courses beyond Learning Support, the student’s first obligation is to satisfy Learning Support requirements.  Learning Support students must enroll in the Learning Support class(es) during their first semester and continue to enroll in the Learning Support class(es) until they are satisfied in order to exit the Learning Support Program.  The Academic Success Center provides this clearance.

Students who have earned a maximum of 30 credit hours of college-level credit since starting at Georgia Southern University and have not successfully completed required Learning Support courses may enroll only in Learning Support courses with the corresponding core class.

Learning Support students will have two advisors: a primary advisor for the student’s major and a secondary advisor in the Academic Success Center for Learning Support.  The Learning Support advisor in the Academic Success Center is the only person who can change the student’s schedule for drop/add and registration.

Students are expected to attend Learning Support classes regularly.  Attendance policies are explained in each class syllabus.  Failure to abide by the attendance policy will result in a failing grade even if the student has a passing average in the class.

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 a voluntary basis.  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: 2/12/2020