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Gordon State College Learning Support Program in English and Math

Mission Statement

The learning support program contributes to the Gordon State College mission by providing supportive access to high quality post-secondary education through improvement of foundational skills.

A student’s Learning Support requirements are determined on the basis of SAT/ACT scores, the high school grade point average, and/or college placement exams scores. A formula is used to calculate an English Pacement Index (EPI) and a Math Placement Index (MPI).

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Stephen Raynie, Coordinator of Learning Support
Academic 103
sraynie@gordonstate.edu

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Learning Support Placement

Learning Support placement is determined by the English Placement Index (EPI) and Math Placement Index (MPI). Students with EPI and/or MPI scores below the thresholds below may elect to take the ACCUPLACER. The scores will be used as an additional measure within the EPI and MPI to determine learning support requirements.

Gordon College First-Year Experience – GFYE 0097 – is a required course for all students entering Gordon State College with an EPI below 4230 and/or an MPI below 1265.

Course Descriptions

ENGL 0989 Foundations for English Composition

Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

This is a reading-based course where students read and analyze prose texts in a variety of nonfiction genres and write in response to them, preparing them for the kinds of reading and writing tasks most common in their introductory college-level courses.

ENGL 0999 Support for English Composition

EPI below 4230

Co-requisite: ENGL 1101

Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A lab-based tutoring course designed to provide just in time remediation for students – strengthening their English composition skills through interactive instruction and guided tasks – in tandem with enrollment in ENGL 1101.

GFYE 0097 - Gordon State College First-Year Experience

Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for institutional use only

An introduction to college life and responsibilities meant to assist freshmen in making a successful transition from high school to college. The course emphasizes the programmatic development of academic literacy (improving study, time management, and interpersonal communication skills), enhancing awareness of college resources and policies, encouraging participation in the college community, and addressing college-related attitudes and practices. Students who are required to take the course must pass with a “C” or better, and they must repeat the course each semester of enrollment until they achieve a “C” or better.

MATH 0987 Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning

Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn basic algebra and other topics necessary for Quantitative Skills and Reasoning. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include real number sets, set operations, linear, quadratic and exponential functions and their graphs, and introductory probability and statistics.

MATH 0989 Foundations for College Algebra

Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn basic algebra topics to prepare them for College Algebra. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include the set of real numbers, linear sentences, linear functions and their graphs, and operations and factoring with polynomials.

MATH 0997 Support for Quantitative Reasoning

MPI below 1265

Co-requisite: MATH 1001

Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1001. The course covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and statistical reasoning.

MATH 0999 Support for College Algebra

MPI below 1265

Co-requisite: MATH 1111

Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1111. The course covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, polynomial functions and their graphs, and simultaneous systems of equations.

STAR 0098 - Students Taking Academic Responsibility for College Success

Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for institutional use only

This course is designed to teach strategies for creating success in college and in life through increased self-awareness and enhanced commitment to life-long learning. Topics include personal responsibility; self-motivation; goal-setting; priority management; learning styles; decision-making; engaging the academic community; interpersonal communication; note-taking and other study skills; test-taking strategies; stress reduction strategies; critical thinking; problem-solving; and the power of positive thinking. Readmitted students returning from academic suspension must complete this course. Please note, however, that students returning from Learning Support suspension are NOT required to enroll in STAR 0098.

Credit

Credit earned in Learning Support courses is strictly institutional. While it is counted toward the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled in any semester, it does not count in a student's grade point average and does not count toward graduation.

Policies

The Learning Support program is governed by the policies listed below.

  • During each semester of enrollment, a student must first register for all required Learning Support courses before registering for other courses. This policy also applies to part-time students.
  • A student who is required to take Learning Support courses may not register as a non-degree student in an effort to defer taking required Learning Support courses.
  • Students with EPI's below 4230 and/or MPI's below 1265 must enroll in the Gordon State College First Year Experience course – GFYE 0097.
  • Because Learning Support math courses are offered Fall and Spring semesters on the Barnesville campus in the daytime and evening, students who may prefer to take off-campus courses only are not exempt from taking required Learning Support math courses, even if these courses are not available at an off-campus location.
  • Evening students needing English or reading may defer one semester, if the course is not offered.
  • A student who is required to take Learning Support courses in an area (English, reading or mathematics) may not register as an auditor in any such course in that area.
  • 30-Hour Rule: Students who accumulate 30 semester hours or more of college credit and have not successfully completed required Learning Support courses may enroll only in Learning Support courses until all requirements have been successfully completed. Students with transfer credit or credit earned in a certificate or prior degree program who are required to take Learning Support courses for their current degree objectives may earn up to 30 additional hours of college level credit.
  • Overloads: Learning Support students may not register for more than 18 semester hours in any given semester. Overloads will not be approved.

Learning Support Standards of Progress

In addition to the Academic Standards of Progress (See the on-line Gordon State College Academic Catalog.) and in accordance with policies of the University System of Georgia, students enrolled in one or more Learning Support courses (See Learning Support Program in the on-line catalog for more information.) must comply with progression requirements of the Learning Support program.

Students who require support in their degree-credit gateway course will begin in one of the co-requisite pairs (ENGL 0999 / ENGL 1101, MATH 0997 / MATH 1001, or MATH 0999 / MATH 1111).

Time spent in Learning Support course work in a disciplinary area shall be cumulative within the University System of Georgia.

Readmission

Students who have been suspended from the University System and who wish to re-enter Learning Support Program to complete requirements may have their EPI and MPI recalculated with new test scores after a period of one year, provided no college courses in the University System have been taken during that time. The student will be bound by the most current EPI and MPI as well as the current Learning Support guidelines. Students who do not exempt following retesting may be considered for readmission under the current Learning Support guidelines. Readmitted students are subject to the 30 hour limit on college-level coursework and may take only required Learning Support courses if they had earned 30 credit hours during their previous period(s) of enrollment.

Students who have not been suspended and who wish to re-enter the Learning Support program to complete requirements may have their EPI and MPI recalculated with new test scores if they have not taken any college courses in the University System for a period of one year. Students will be bound by the most current Learning Support guidelines.