Learning Support
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Dr. Vince Postell

The Learning Support courses at Dalton State College were developed to assist students who are insufficiently prepared for success in college. The courses in English, reading, and mathematics teach foundation skills necessary to be successful in certificate and degree programs. All Learning Support courses with the course number 0090 prepare students for certificate programs, while those with course numbers 0096, 0098, and 0099 prepare students for degree programs. Students enrolled in certificate programs may not enroll in degree-level Learning Support courses, and students enrolled in degree programs may not enroll in certificate-level courses. Since the majority of students at Dalton State College are enrolled in degree programs, a review of degree-level admissions requirements will be provided first, followed by a review of the requirements for certificate-level programs.

Information for Degree-Level Students

Admission Requirements for Degree-Level Students

When Dalton State College opened its doors, the College was an “Open Access” unit of the University System of Georgia. This meant that anyone who applied could be admitted to the college. Dalton State now has minimum test scores that are necessary for admission.

An applying freshman must meet ALL of the listed admission requirements:

  • Minimum SAT or ACT requirements
    • SAT: Critical Reading 330, Math 310
    • ACT: English 14, Math 12
  • Minimum Freshman Index requirement
    • Freshman Index: 1830
    • If the student takes the SAT, the Freshman Index is computed by the following formula: Freshman Index = (Academic High School GPA x 500) + SAT Verbal/Critical Reading + SAT Math.
    • If the student takes the ACT, the Freshman Index is computed by the following formula: Freshman Index = (Academic High School GPA x 500) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88.
  • Minimum Compass Exam requirements
    • Applicants must score above minimums in ALL three areas:
      • Reading: 62
      • English/Writing: 32
      • Algebra: 20
  • Learning Support requirements
    • Applicants must score above Learning Support requirement scores in at least ONE area:
      • Reading: 80
      • English/Writing: 70
      • Algebra: 37

If a student fails to meet any of these requirements, the student is not eligible to enroll in a degree program at Dalton State, but may enroll in a certificate if desired.

Placement into Degree-Level Learning Support Courses

Some students must be screened for placement into Learning Support. To exempt placement screening a student must satisfy the following requirements:

For English (Writing) and Reading

  • score 450 SAT Critical Reading or higher; or
  • score 19 ACT English or higher; or
  • score at or above the advance proficiency level on the Georgia High School Graduation Test – English

Language Arts (Consult the GHAGT Concordance Chart on the Student Affairs Resource page); and

  • have met the Required High School Curriculum requirement in English For Mathematics
  • score of 500 SAT-Mathematics or higher; or
  • score of 21 ACT- Mathematics or higher; and
  • have met the Required High School Curriculum requirement in mathematics

Students placed into one or two Learning Support areas must satisfy those requirements before enrolling exclusively in credit courses.

Exiting from Degree-Level Learning Support

Exiting a Learning Support area usually involves earning a passing average in the appropriate 0098 course and then earning a passing grade on the appropriate COMPASS exam. For some programs, however, it will be possible to satisfy the Learning Support math requirement with a credit course and a corresponding co-curricular course. These details are provided below.

Exiting from Degree-Level Learning Support Reading

To exit Learning Support Reading, students must earn a passing average in READ 0098 and then earn a score of 80 or higher on the reading portion of COMPASS. High performing students are permitted to test, and possibly exit, Learning Support Reading halfway through the reading course during fall and spring semesters.

Exiting from Degree-Level Learning Support English

To exit from Learning Support English, students must earn a passing average in ENGL 0098 and then earn a passing score on an exit essay. After earning a passing score on the exit essay, the student must earn a score of 70 or higher on the writing portion of COMPASS.

Exiting from Degree-Level Learning Support Mathematics

One way that students may exit from Learning Support Mathematics is to earn a passing average in MATH 0098 and then earn a score of 37 or higher on the mathematics portion of COMPASS. However, if a student is not in nursing or a program that requires precalculus or calculus, the student can satisfy the Learning Support Mathematics requirement by passing an appropriate co-curricular course and passing an appropriate credit-level course with a grade of “C” or higher.

Regulations Regarding Degree-Level Learning Support Requirements

Students placed in the Learning Support program must complete all required Learning Support courses before enrolling exclusively in credit-level courses. For this reason, students may not postpone required Learning Support courses, nor may students drop required Learning Support courses and keep credit-level courses.

Furthermore, students must exit the reading and English Learning Support areas within two semesters of attempts, or the student will be placed on Learning Support Exclusion. Students must exit the mathematics Learning Support area within three semesters, or the student will be placed on Learning Support Exclusion. Students placed on Learning Support Exclusion may not enroll in a degree program for one year, but may enroll in certificate programs if desired.

Students placed in Learning Support English will be required to take a section of First Year Experience course (FYES 1000) that is linked with their English course.

Information for Certificate Students

There are fewer restrictions for certificate students. Students with low test scores will be required to earn a passing grade in an appropriate 0090 course before enrolling in the appropriate corresponding credit-level course.

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