Gordon students talking before class
Arches at Russell and Smith Hall

Gordon State College Learning Support Program
English (Writing), Reading, and Math

Mission Statement

The mission of the Learning Support program is to provide special assistance to students who have deficiencies in the areas of reading, mathematics, and/or English (writing).  The goal of Learning Support is to assist students in achieving entry-level college proficiencies.

A student’s Learning Support requirements are determined on the basis of SAT/ACT scores, required high school curriculum deficiencies, and/or college placement exams scores. 

The college placement exam, COMPASS, is a computerized placement exam that tests reading, writing, and math skills.

For additional information please contact:

Gwen Sharpe, Coordinator of Learning Support
Instructional Complex 242
gsharpe@gordonstate.edu
A Gordon student

Academic Advising is a critical component of the educational experience.

Click here for advising information for Learning Support Students.

Placement Exams

The verbal section of the COMPASS tests reading and writing skills and is required for students with a required high school curriculum deficiency in English and for students who do not have a SAT verbal score of 430 or higher or an English ACT score of 17 or higher, depending on the test the student has chosen to determine COMPASS placement exam requirements.

The mathematics section of COMPASS tests algebra skills and is required for students with a required high school curriculum deficiency in mathematics and for students who do not have a SAT math score of 430 or higher or a Math ACT score of 18 or higher, depending on the test the student has chosen to determine COMPASS placement exam requirements.

The minimum COMPASS scores for admission and readmission are English (writing) – 32, reading – 62, and math (algebra) – 20.  Students who score below the minimum COMPASS score in any area are not eligible for admission.

Students who test into all three areas of Learning Support (English, reading, and math) are not eligible for admission.

ASSIGNED LEARNING SUPPORT COURSES BASED ON COMPASS ENTRANCE SCORES

COMPASS SCORE

COURSE(S)

Reading COMPASS 62-77 AND English COMPASS 32-64

ENGL 0099

Reading COMPASS 62-67

ENGL 0099

Reading COMPASS 68-77

ENGL 0098 / ENGL 1101

English COMPASS 32-43

ENGL 0099

English COMPASS 44-64

ENGL 0098 / ENGL 1101

Intended non-STEM Majors

Math COMPASS 20-30

MATH 0097

Math COMPASS 31-41

MATH 0998 / MATH 1001

Intended STEM Majors

Math COMPASS 20-30

MATH 0099

Math COMPASS 31-41

MATH 0999 / MATH 1111

Gordon College First-Year Experience – GFYE 0097 - is a required course for all students entering Gordon State College with Learning Support requirement(s) (Math, English (writing), and Reading).

Course Descriptions

ENGL 0098 Learning Support Composition Lab
(English COMPASS placement score of 44-64 or Reading COMPASS placement score of 68-77 or completion of ENGL 0099) Corequisite: 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 a comprehensive review of grammar and sentence structure – in tandem with enrollment in ENGL 1101.

ENGL 0099 - Pre-College Composition
(English COMPASS entrance score of 32-43, Reading COMPASS entrance score of 62-67, or both English COMPASS score below 65 and Reading COMPASS score below 78)
Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

This course is designed to help students develop and strengthen the composition skills that are needed to enter English 1101.  The course includes assignments in the language-based processes of reading, writing, and discussion, as well as critical thinking.  It stresses the rules and conventions of standard written English and provides extensive practice in writing a variety of types of compositions.  Students may exit the course by earning a minimum grade of “C”, passing 3 in-class essay writings and passing the writing sample exit test. .

GFYE 0097 - Gordon State College First-Year Experience
Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for institutional use only

This course is required for all students entering Gordon State College with Learning Support requirements (Math, English (writing), and Reading) and optional for all other students. 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 0097 - Beginning Algebra
 (Compass entrance score of 20 - 30)
Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn the basic algebra skills necessary for college level mathematics. Topics include the set of real numbers, algebraic expressions, functions, linear equations and inequalities, linear equations in two variables, exponents, polynomials, and problem solving. Students may exit the course by earning a minimum grade of “C.”

MATH 0099 - Intermediate Algebra
(Math COMPASS entrance score of 20-30)
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 0998 Algebra Assistance / Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Prerequisite: MATH 0097 or Compass entrance score of 31-41: Corequisite: 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 Algebra Assistance / College Algebra
Prerequisite: MATH 0099 or Math COMPASS entrance score of 31-41. 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 Learning Support requirement(s) 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.
  • Withdrawal: Students enrolled in both Learning Support and credit courses may not withdraw from Learning Support courses, including GFYE 0097 and STAR 0098, unless they also withdraw from college-credit courses.  There is an exception.  The student who remains in at least one Learning Support course may also remain in a one-credit-hour physical education activity course and/or a one-credit-hour music performance course.
  • 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.

Learning Support students who need intensive remediation will begin with one of the 3- credit Foundations Learning Support courses (ENGL 0099, MATH 0097, or MATH 0099).  Upon completion of Foundations courses(s) students will be required to register for the co-requisite academic support lab and gateway course to complete Learning Support requirements.  A maximum of three attempts is allowed to complete both the Foundations course and the co-requisite pair.  Students who fail two attempts at any of the 3-credit Foundations Learning Support courses will be placed on Learning Support Suspension.

Students who only require support in their degree-credit gateway course will begin in one of the co-requisite pairs (ENGL 0098 / ENGL 1101, MATH 0097 / MATH 1001, or MATH 0099 / MATH 1111).  Students who begin in a co-requisite pair are allowed a maximum of two attempts to complete the Learning Support Requirement.  Failing to exit from Learning Support after a second attempt will result in Learning Support Suspension.

The student may be considered for readmission before the end of one year of the suspension, if the student can provide evidence that he/she has taken measures to improve his or her skills.  

Time spent in Learning Support Course work in a disciplinary area shall be cumulative within the University System of Georgia.  A transfer Learning Support student may be granted an additional semester if that student was making appropriate progress at the sending institution and is ready for the exit level course at the receiving institution and has not exceeded the allowed number of attempts.

Readmission:

Students who have been suspended from the University System and who wish to re-enter Learning Support programs to complete requirements may be retested with the COMPASS (in any unsatisfied area) after a period of one year, if they have not taken any college courses in the University System during that time.

The student will be bound by the most current set of COMPASS scores. Students who do not exempt on the retest may be considered for readmission. If an individual evaluation indicates that the student has a reasonable chance of success, the student may be readmitted.

Students readmitted under this provision are subject to the 30 hour limit on college-level coursework and may not take credit work 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 be retested with the COMPASS (in any unsatisfied area) if they have not taken any college courses in the University System for a period of one year.  The students will be bound by the most current set of COMPASS scores. Students readmitted under this provision will not be allowed any more additional attempts than were previously designated.