Developmental Courses

POLICY OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Adopted: 
Tuesday, December 7, 1993
Revision Number: 
2
Revision Date: 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Reference: 
Educational Programs
Policy: 

Pearl River Community College offers developmental courses for students with deficiencies in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading.

Procedure: 

Developmental courses are designed to strengthen the students' basic skills in order that they may become better prepared to succeed in other college courses.

Courses: Class Meetings:
Beginning Algebra (MAT 0123) 3 Lecture Hours per Week
Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1233) 3 Lecture Hours per Week
Intermediate English and Reading (ENG 0125) 5 Lecture Hours per Week
Related Studies Mathematics (VOM 1103) 3 Lecture Hours per Week
Related Studies Reading (VOR 1103) 3 Lecture Hours per Week
  1. Effective Fall 2010, credit toward graduation is not awarded for developmental courses.
  2. Grading: Beginning in Fall 1993, students enrolled in developmental courses must earn a grade of "C" or higher in order to enroll in the next higher level course. Students not earning a grade of "C" or higher must repeat the course the following regular semester.
  3. Students whose ACT subscores indicate their need to enroll in one or more developmental courses must schedule these courses immediately. This requirement may not be delayed until a further semester without the approval of the Vice President for General Education and Technology Services or the appropriate Director or Department Chair.
  4. Students enrolled in one or more developmental courses must be advised and follow the prescribed plan of courses in order to ensure graduation in a timely manner.

DEVELOPMENTAL COURSE PLACEMENT
The following American College Test (ACT) scale scores on the English and Mathematics subtests determine developmental course placement:

ACT SCALE SCORE

SUBJECT AREA BEFORE SEPT. 89/AFTER SEPT. 89 PLACEMENT
Mathematics 1 - 10 / 1 - 15 Beginning Algebra - MAT 0123
11 - 13 / 16 - 18 Intermediate Algebra - MAT 1233
14 - or above/ 19 or above College Algebra - MAT 1313
English 1 - 13 / 1 - 16 Intermediate English and Reading - ENG 0125
14 or above / 17 or above English Composition I - ENG 1113

 ***NOTE***

  1. If a student has taken the ACT more than once, the highest subtest scores for Mathematics and Reading are used.
  2. When registering, students are permitted to take the Compass. If the Compass scores indicate the student can be placed in a college-level course, then the student may bypass the developmental courses. (There is a fee for each section of the Compass).

Career Education Developmental Course Placement

  1. It is recommended that Career students who take the ACT and score 1-15 on Mathematics, or take the Compass and score 00-20, be assigned to Related Studies Mathematics (VOM 1103).
  2. It is recommended that Career students who take the ACT and score 1-15 on Reading, or take the Compass and score 00-73, be assigned to Related Studies Reading (VOR 1103).