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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
678-359-5465
gsharpe@gordonstate.edu
A Gordon student

Academic Advising is a critical component of the educational experience.

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

Students who score below the minimum COMPASS scores in any area are not eligible for admission.

Students scoring below 78 on the reading portion of the COMPASS must enroll in and successfully exit Learning Support Reading by passing the course and scoring 78 or above on the reading portion of the COMPASS.

Students scoring below 65 on the English (writing) portion of the COMPASS must enroll in and successfully exit Learning Support English(writing)  by passing the course and scoring 65 or above on the English (writing)  portion of the COMPASS.

Students scoring below 42 on the math portion of the COMPASS must enroll in and successfully exit Learning Support Math by passing the course(s) and scoring 42 or above on the math portion of the COMPASS.

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

Criteria for determining Learning Support status
SUBJECT SAT ACT COMPASS PLACEMENT
ENGLISH Below 430V** Below 17E** 32 - 64 ENGL 0099
READING Below 430V** Below 17E** 62 - 77 READ 0099
MATH Below 430M** Below 18M** 20 - 26 MATH 0097
MATH Below 430M** Below 18M** 27 - 41 MATH 0099

Course Descriptions

ENGL 0098 Learning Support Composition Lab
(COMPASS entrance score of 50 - 64) 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
(COMPASS entrance score of 32 - 64)
Credit Hours: (4-0-4) 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, passing the writing sample exit test, and scoring 65 or better on the exit COMPASS 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 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 - 26)
Credit Hours: (4-0-4) 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
Prerequisite: MATH 0097 or Compass entrance score of 27-41
Credit Hours: (4-0-4) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn the basic algebra skills necessary for college level mathematics. This course will cover material involving polynomials, quadratic equations, rational expressions and equations, functions, inequalities, radical expressions and equations, and the basic concept of complex numbers. Students may exit the course by earning a minimum grade of “C” and scoring 42 or better on the exit COMPASS test.

MATH 0998 Algebra Assistance / Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Prerequisite: MATH 0097 or Compass entrance score of 27-41: Corequisite: MATH 1001
Credit Hours: (3-0-3) 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. 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 0097 or Compass entrance score of 27-41: Corequisite: MATH 1111
Credit Hours: (3-0-3) 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. Covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, polynomial functions and their graphs, and simultaneous systems of equations.

READ 0099 - Pre-College Reading
(COMPASS entrance score 62 - 77)
Credit Hours: (4-0-4) for institutional use only

This course will be developmental in nature and involve bringing the essential reading skills to a higher level of application.  This focus will include college-preparatory vocabulary and application skills such as identifying the writer’s purpose, tone, pattern of organization, literary terminology, and style.  The course will address study skills such as outlining, semantic mapping, and organizing for study.  Students may exit the course by earning a minimum grade of “C” and scoring 78 or better on the COMPASS test.

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.
  • 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 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 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 English (writing) and reading courses are designed so that students can complete all requirements in one semester.  Learning Support math courses are designed so that students starting in the most elementary course, MATH 0097, can complete all requirements in two semesters.  Students are permitted a maximum of two semesters to complete English (writing) or reading requirements and a maximum of three semesters to complete math requirements.

If a student does not complete requirements for English (writing) or reading in two semesters and math in two/three semesters the student will be suspended. 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 with fewer than two semesters in English (writing) or reading and fewer than three semesters in math 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.

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 for up to two additional attempts for English (writing) or Reading and three additional attempts for math.

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 student will be bound by the most current set of COMPASS scores. Students readmitted under this provision will not be allowed any more than two additional attempts in Learning Support English (writing) and Reading and no more than three additional attempts in Learning Support Math before they are suspended.