The purpose of the Division of Developmental Education is to meet the diverse needs of under prepared students and to prepare them for Post Secondary success. The Division of Developmental Education shares the motto of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE): “Helping under prepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel.”
The Division is comprised of three main areas: English, Mathematics, and Reading. Developmental courses do not meet graduation requirements or requirements for completion of a degree, diploma, or certificate. Students must successfully pass the developmental courses before enrolling into college-level courses. Any student enrolled in two or more developmental courses should be advised not to enroll in more than 16 total credit hours per semester.
- To provide educational opportunities and services for each student.
- To prepare students for post secondary education.
- To ensure proper placement by assessing each student’s level of preparedness for college coursework.
- To empower students with the necessary skills to succeed academically, personally, and professionally.
- To assist the college with the retention of students.
Placement Assessment Requirements
All beginning freshmen are administered the Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) Test. This instrument is used for placement, assessment of achievement, aptitude, and interest in math, reading, and writing. All entering students who enroll for more than four (4) credit hours or eight (8) weekly contact hours per semester, or enrolled in a math, English, or reading course, will be assessed by the COMPASS, and placed at the appropriate level as indicated by the assessment results.
For course listings and requirements for graduation, see the Course Catalog.