Learning Support Program

Learning Support courses are designed to prepare students for college-level course work. The College of Coastal Georgia offers Learning Support courses in English, reading, and mathematics. Students placed in Learning Support courses, either by Compass Scores or choice, will work closely with a Learning Support advisor to develop an appropriate program of study for successful and timely completion of Learning Support Courses.


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Contact Information:

Ms. Ricky Ann Weaver
Coordinator, Learning Support Program
EMail: rweaver@ccga.edu
PH: 912.279.5958
FAX: 912.279.5953
Mrs. April Davis
Department Coordinator
EMail: adavis@ccga.edu
PH: 912.279.5950
FAX: 912.279.5953

1. Criteria for Determining Learning Support Status

Students are required to take Learning Support courses unless exempted by one or more of the following:

  1. Transfer of pertinent college level courses.
    1. For reading: two Core based college level courses excluding English and Math courses
    2. For English: ENGL 1101
    3. For Math: MATH 1001 / MATH 1111
  2. Completion of Learning Support requirements at another University System school.
  3. Satisfactory performance on Performance Tests (see 2 below).
  4. SAT and/or ACT scores submitted that meet the following minimums:
    1. READING 0099 AND ENGLISH 0099
      SAT Verbal minimum score of 430, or ACT English 17
    2. MATH 0097 / MATH 0099
      SAT Math minimum score of 400 or ACT Math 17

2. Courses Offered in Learning Support

(Placement, Course #, # of Credits, and COMPASS exemption/exit scores, withdrawals)
Course Credit Compass L.S.
Placement
Compass Exit
ENGL 0099 4 32 - 69 ≥70
MATH 0097 4 20 - 29 n/a
MATH 0099 4 30-39 ≥40
READ 0099 4 62 - 77 ≥78
  1. First time, full-time students are required to take a College Success Seminar (CCGA1101). This is a two-hour credit course designed to present the incoming student with strategies for developing personal, academic, and career-directed goals. The course helps students understand the purpose of higher education and introduces them to the available resources and programs of the college and encourages them to participate in such programs. When two Learning Support areas are required and a student is enrolled in at least one Learning Support course, CCGA 1101 or physical education or other activity or performance courses may be taken that semester instead of one of the required Learning Support courses.
  2. Students enrolled in both Learning Support and credit courses may not withdraw from the required Learning Support courses with a “W” unless they also withdraw from credit courses. There is one exception; Students who remain enrolled in at least one Learning Support may also remain in CCGA 1101.
  3. If a required Learning Support course is not available, a student may enroll in a course for degree credit if the student has met the course prerequisite, subject to the approval of the Coordinator of Learning Support.
  4. A student who is required to take Learning Support courses in an area may not register as an auditor in any such course in that area.

3. Letter Grades Used in Learning Support

  • Exit Level Grades: A*, B*, C*
  • Non-Exit Level Grades: IP*, F, U, W, and WF

4. The Institutional Policy on Learning Support Transfer

  1. Students who complete Learning Support Reading, English, or Mathematics at another University System institution are exempted from that/those area(s) at the College of Coastal Georgia. Those students who begin Learning Support courses but do not complete them at another University System of Georgia Institution are placed in the equivalent courses at the College of Coastal Georgia.
  2. Terms of enrollment in Learning Support courses at another University System of Georgia institution are counted toward the maximum allowed for completion of College of Coastal Georgia Learning Support courses. If transfer applicants have more than the maximum number of attempts allowed at the College of Coastal Georgia, those applicants will not be accepted unless the student is eligible for retesting.
  3. All students who have been placed on Learning Suspension from another System Institution will be admitted to the College of Coastal Georgia at the end of the suspension in accordance with the University System Policy.
  4. Students who transfer in fewer than 30 hours of college credit are subject to all the requirements of entering freshmen. Students who transfer in 30 or more hours of college credit are exempt from College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) requirements, but if they do not transfer in a college course for which a Learning Support is a prerequisite or have not completed the Learning Support requirement at the prior institution, they are subject to COMPASS Testing and Placement.
  5. College of Coastal Georgia Learning Support students may be granted approval to take Learning Support courses as transient students at other institutions only in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Learning Support Coordinator and Registrar.

5. The Institutional Academic Progress Policy (probation, suspension, exclusion) as it Relates to Learning Support Students:

  1. Students placed by COMPASS in ENGL 0099 have two semesters to complete this course with a grade of C or higher and pass the COMPASS test. If a student does not pass English 0099 within two semesters, he or she will automatically be suspended for one year. A suspension under this provision may not be appealed.
  2. Students placed by COMPASS in Reading 0099 have two semesters to complete this course with a grade of C or higher and pass the COMPASS test. If a student does not pass Reading 99 within two semesters, he or she will automatically be suspended for one year. A suspension under this provision may not be appealed.
  3. Students placed by COMPASS in MATH 0097/0099 have three semesters to complete these courses with a grade of C or higher and pass the COMPASS test. Students who pass MATH 0097 at the end of their 1st attempt will have two semesters to pass MATH 0099. If they pass MATH 0097 at the end of their second attempt, they will have only one semester to pass MATH 0099. Students who do not pass MATH 0097 in two attempts will be placed on Learning Support Suspension. Students who do not pass MATH 0097/0099 within the three semesters will automatically be suspended for one year. A suspension under this provision may not be appealed.
  4. Students with documented learning disabilities enrolled in Learning Support are required to fulfill all stated requirements before exiting. However, such students can be provided with appropriate course accommodations. Students with learning disabilities may petition the University of Georgia System Committee of Learning Disabilities for additional semesters/hours of Learning Support work. Students needing assistance or additional information should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs or the ADA Service Provider.

6. Returning Learning Support Students

Returning Learning Support students who have been out of school for one year must reapply to the College and must take the COMPASS placement test. If they are again placed in Learning Support course, all prior attempts will be set back to zero, and the students will be allowed to begin anew. If they pass the placement tests, they will have satisfied the Learning Support requirement(s).

7. Exit Policy for Learning Support

In order to exit a Learning Support course, students must meet the criteria specified in section #2 (see table).
  1. Students with learning disabilities enrolled in Learning Support courses are required to fulfill all stated requirements before exiting. These students should be provided with appropriate course accommodations.
  2. Students with learning disabilities are required to meet the minimum COMPASS scores.
  3. Students in any attempts of ENGL 0099, MATH 0099, READ 0099 who do not pass the COMPASS for exit will be allowed one opportunity to retake the test before the beginning of the next semester on a date that will be set by the Coordinator of Learning Support and the Director of Testing. This is typically one or two days after the last scheduled COMPASS exit test.

8. Course Descriptions for Learning Support

ENGLISH (ENGL)
ENGL 0099 Introduction to Composition Fall, Spring, Summer
4 class hours 4 Credits
Prerequisite: ENGL 0098 (or by COMPASS placement)

This course is designed for the student who needs careful instruction in the fundamentals of writing. The course emphasizes the process of writing as it relates to the construction of coherent, well-developed paragraphs and essays. Entry into ENGL 0099 is either by choice or placement. Institutional credit only.
MATHEMATICS (MATH)
MATH 0097 Elementary Algebra Fall, Spring, Summer
4 class hours 4 Credits

This course provides an introduction to algebraic concepts and techniques. The purpose of this course is to prepare the student for entry into Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0099). The topics covered include performing basic operations with rational and real numbers, solving linear equations, and inequalities, simplifying polynomials, solving applications of linear equations, graphing points and lines in a coordinate plane, and writing equations of a line. Entry into MATH 0097 is either by choice or placement. Institutional credit only.

MATH 0099 Intermediate Algebra Fall, Spring, Summer
4 class hours 4 Credits
Prerequisite: MATH 0097 or Placement. Institutional credit only

This course emphasizes intermediate algebra concepts. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for entry into Quantitative Skills and Reasoning (MATH 1001), Introduction into Mathematical Modeling (MATH 1101), or College Algebra (MATH 1111). The topics covered include factoring polynomials, simplifying rational expressions, solving rational and quadratic equations, recognizing functions and their graphs, solving systems of inequalities, and simplifying radical expressions.
READING (READ)
READ 0099 Reading Improvement II Fall, Spring, Summer
4 class hours 4 Credits

This course continues the introduction to college-level reading begun in READ 0098 but focuses more on application of advanced reading strategies and vocabulary. Students acquire skills needed for advanced levels of Literal, Inferential, and Analytical comprehension. Vocabulary enrichment is also advanced with the use of college-level texts. Test-taking strategies are introduced to enable students to meet the requirements of the University System of Georgia College Placement Exit Exam. Entry into READ 0099 is either by choice, or placement. Institutional credit only.