College Preparatory Courses
College preparatory courses are provided for high school graduates who are identified through test scores as needing additional academic background or refresher work in computation and/or communications skills before pursuit of college credit courses. These courses provide competency-based instruction in the areas of reading, English/writing, and mathematics. College prep courses do not apply toward B.A.S., A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.T.D. or certificate program requirements, but may meet prerequisites for continued pursuit of college credit courses.
Students that are required to enroll in preparatory instruction based on placement testing must meet with an advisor or counselor prior to their first term of enrollment at the college. Once the college preparatory requirement is satisfied, the student may progress to college credit courses in the subject area. Successful completion of the college preparatory requirement is defined as: a) a grade of “C” or higher in each required college prep course and b) attainment of a passing score on each required college prep exit examination (see page 52). A student may also progress to college credit work if he/she demonstrates a satisfactory placement exam score in the appropriate subject area.
Full-time degree-seeking students must begin prep instruction in their first term of enrollment as a degreeseeker and continue in the appropriate college prep sequence until they have successfully satisfied all preparatory requirements. Part-time students who have accumulated twelve (12) or more credits must begin their college prep courses and continue in the appropriate college prep sequence until they have satisfied all prep requirements. Once required to begin college prep instruction, the student must enroll in at least one college prep course each term of enrollment until the prep requirement is satisfied. In certain circumstances, attainment of the appropriate placement score may be sufficient to permit the student to progress to college credit courses.
Students enrolled in college prep courses may, at the same time, take college credit courses for which they are qualified. In this manner, a student may begin earning credits that apply toward his/her program of study while completing college prep requirements.
Non-degree seeking students, students who have successfully completed appropriate college credit course work in English, mathematics, and/ or reading, and students who have already completed an A.A. or higher level degree may be excused from college preparatory instruction. In such cases, official verification of previous course work or degree is required.