Policies & Guidelines
Learning Support Basics
- During each semester of enrollment, all students with Learning Support requirements, including those attending part-time, must first register for all required Learning Support courses before being allowed to register for other courses. A few exceptions are possible:
- When two Learning Support areas are required and a student is enrolled in at least one Learning Support course, freshman orientation courses (UNIV 1000 or UNIV 1101), physical education, and/or performance courses may be taken that semester. The remaining Learning Support course will be deferred to the next semester of enrollment.
- In the event that a required Learning Support course is not offered on their home campus, a student may enroll in a course for degree credit if the student has met the course prerequisites, subject to recommendation by the Director or Assistant Director of Learning Support. The required Learning Support course will be deferred to the next semester of enrollment.
- Students enrolled in Learning Support courses along with credit courses may withdraw or be withdrawn from said Learning Support courses and remain in their credit courses unless enrollment in the Learning Support course is considered a condition for remaining in the college-level course. For example, any student enrolled in a Co-Requisite LS math, like MATH 0999 and MATH 1111, may not withdraw or be withdrawn from one and not the other.
- Students with Foundations-level LS requirements must pass the required course within two semesters (attempts) with a grade of C or higher in order to progress to the Co-Requisite level of LS instruction. Withdrawals from Learning Support after the midpoint count as an attempt in the student’s Learning Support term count. Withdrawals prior to the midpoint do not count as an attempt.
- The University System of Georgia (USG) requires that Area A of core curriculum be completed by the time students complete 30 hours of credit. By USG policy, a student who has accumulated thirty (30) semester hours of academic credit and has not completed all Learning Support requirements will have his/her course schedule restricted to just LS coursework until all LS requirements are met.
- Students who are dropped from their Learning Support course for non-attendance, who withdraw themselves, or who are administratively withdrawn may have holds placed on their accounts until all Learning Support requirements have been satisfied. As well, the Learning Support department may restrict, where warranted, the hours and courses a student takes in subsequent semesters until all Learning Support requirements have been satisfied.
Until Foundations-level Learning Support requirements have been satisfied, students will not be permitted to take credit courses that consider the content or the skills associated with a student's required Learning Support courses as foundational:
- Students with LS Foundations English Requirement (ENGL 0989) may take only a Math course; Area B Modern Language requirement; a choice of Area C courses (ART 1100, MDST 1110, or MUSC 1100); UNIV 1000 or 1101; CSCI 1250; and 1000-level PHED courses. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from ENGL 0989 must also withdraw from the Area C course.
- Students with LS Foundations Math requirement (MATH 0987, MATH 0988, or MATH 0989) may take Area A English courses; Area B courses; Area C courses; Area D BIOL, GEOG, or GEOL courses; and Area E courses, based on course pre-requisites.
Learning Support Courses are Not Required When
- Student transfers college level courses in the following area(s)
- English: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1102 with a grade of C or higher.
- Math: MATH 1001/MATH 1101/MATH 1111 with a grade of D or higher.
- Exit-level Learning Support credit is satisfied with a grade of C or higher at another regionally-accredited school.
- SAT and/or ACT scores (completed prior to enrollment and submitted before the midpoint of the first semester of enrollment) meet the following minimums:
- LS English: SAT Critical Reading of 480, redesigned SAT Reading of 26, or ACT English of 20 and completion of College Preparatory Curriculum English courses in high school.
- LS Math: SAT Math of 440, redesigned SAT Math of 480, or ACT Math of 18 and completion of a minimum of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.
- Student has placement index scores that exempt Learning Support:
- For Learning Support English, UNG requires an English Placement Index (EPI) of 4280 or higher.
- For Learning Support Math, UNG requires a Math Placement Index (MPI) of 1300 or higher.
- Please refer to Part II for the USG’s explanation of how EPI and MPI are calculated.
Learning Support Placement
|Student applies with||How EPI calculated||How MPI calculated|
|SAT and HSGPA (sh)||EPI(sh)=(1603*HSGPA)+SATV||MPI(sh)=(291*HSGPA)+SATM|
|ACT and HSGPA (ah)||EPI(ah)=(1553*HSGPA)+(34*ACTE)||MPI(ah)=(298*HSGPA)+(25*ACTM)|
|No ACT/SAT or HSGPA (p)||EPI(p)=51.6*(Placement Reading+ Placement Writing)||MPI(p)=(10*Placement Math) + 795|
|SAT only (no HSGPA) (sp)||EPI(sp)=(4.6*SATV) + (27.5*[Placement Reading + Placement Writing])||MPI (sp)=(1.7*SATM) + (13.3*Placement Math)|
|ACT only (no HSGPA) (ap)||EPI(ap)=(122*ACTE) + (26.3* [Placement Reading + Placement Writing])||MPI(ap)=(57*ACTM) + (5.4*Placement Math)|
|HSGPA only (no SAT/ACT) (hp)||EPI(hp)=(794*HSGPA) + (23.6* [Placement Reading + Placement Writing])||MPI(hp)=(323*HSGPA) + (6*Placement Math)|
More information can be found on the University System of Georgia Academic & Student Affairs Handbook.
|Foundations range||Co-Requisite range||Gateway (no LS)|
|English Placement (EPI)||3904 or below||3905-4279||4280 or higher|
|Math Placement (MPI)||1174 or below||1175-1299||1300 or higher|
Students whose EPI and MPI are calculated using SAT/ACT and HSGPA may try to raise their EPI/MPI by taking a placement test (i.e. Accuplacer). However, placement test scores must be very high in order to raise the EPI and MPI. Some alternatives to consider: re/take SAT; re/take ACT. Any testing that affects Learning Support placement must be completed prior to attendance at New Student Orientation.
Students who place into any Foundations Learning Support - ENGL 0989, MATH 0987, or MATH 0989, or who have Math and English Learning Support requirements must take UNIV 1000 or UNIV 1101 their first semester of enrollment. Any new student with Learning Support requirements who does not attend New Student Orientation also must take UNIV 1101 their first semester of enrollment.
Transfer Students and Learning Support
- Students who complete Learning Support English or Math courses at another regionally accredited institution are exempt from that/those area(s) at UNG. Students who begin Learning Support courses but do not complete them will be evaluated for Learning Support placement based on Admissions policies
- Previous terms of enrollment in Learning Support courses at another USG institution are counted toward the maximum attempts allowed for completion at UNG. If USG transfer applicants have already accumulated the maximum number of attempts allowed in a Foundations-level LS course, those applicants will not be accepted. Upon completion of the one-year (three consecutive semesters) Learning Support Dismissal from all USG schools, the applicant will be evaluated for Learning Support placement based on Admissions policies. Term counts (attempts) will not be posted for Learning Support coursework from non-USG schools.
- Any students placed on Learning Support Dismissal (suspension) or who leave for three consecutive semesters without satisfying their Learning Support requirements will, upon application for readmission, be required to take the Accuplacer placement test in any unsatisfied Learning Support area. If the student places into Learning Support, all prior attempts are reset to zero (0) in any required area/s of Learning Support.
- 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 CPC/RHSC requirements, but they are subject to Accuplacer testing and placement in Learning Support if they have not completed the Learning Support requirement at a regionally accredited institution.
- Students with unsatisfied Learning Support requirements are not allowed transient permission to take courses at other institutions nor does the institution accept transient students with unsatisfied Learning Support requirements.
- All standardized tests (SAT, ACT) must be completed prior to enrollment. Students must submit all test scores and transfer credit by the midpoint of their first semester of enrollment for consideration of satisfying Learning Support requirements.
Academic Standing Policy (probation, suspension, etc.) for Learning Support students
Note: An attempt in Learning Support is defined as any semester in which the student receives a grade other than A, B, C, W or WM.
- The maximum time allowed for the completion of any Learning Support Foundations course, English or Mathematics, is two attempts. Any semester a student is enrolled in a Learning Support course beyond the midpoint, earning any grade other than A, B, C, W or WM counts as an attempt toward completion of Learning Support requirements. Students who fail to complete any Foundations Learning Support course within the two allowed attempts will receive a grade of U in the course and be placed on Learning Support Dismissal (suspension) for one year (three consecutive semesters). They may apply to return after that suspension and begin anew with a placement test and all prior attempts set to zero (0) in any required area/s of Learning Support.
- Students are permitted unlimited attempts in the Co-Requisite English and Mathematics level of Learning Support. Students should note, however, that the grade earned in an unsuccessful attempt in Co-Requisite English or Math will be calculated into their institutional GPA. Grades earned at the Foundations level do not get calculated into their institutional GPA.
- All Learning Support requirements must be satisfied by the time a student has earned 30 hours of college-level credit. Failure to do so will result in course-load restrictions until all Learning Support requirements have been satisfied.
- Students with remaining Learning Support requirements who have been out of school for three or more semesters must reapply to the university and must take the placement test in any area of Learning Support still not satisfied. If they again place into Learning Support, all prior attempts will be set back to zero and the students will be allowed to begin anew. Students who test out of Learning Support based on their EPI/MPI will have completed their Learning Support requirement.
- Students returning from a one-year (three-consecutive-semester) Learning Support suspension must apply for readmission and take the Accuplacer placement test in any unsatisfied area of Learning Support. Students who place into Learning Support will have their attempts reset to zero. Students who test out of Learning Support will have completed their Learning Support requirement.
- Students who have remaining Learning Support requirements and are returning after having been away for less than a year must complete their Learning Support requirements upon re-enrollment, with any previous attempts being counted.
Exiting Learning Support
- To complete (satisfy) a Learning Support course, students must meet these criteria unless otherwise specified on a departmental syllabus.
- For students who begin in ENGL 0989, Foundations for English Composition, a passing grade of C or higher within two attempts makes the student eligible to progress to the Co-Requisite Learning Support English. Some students with Learning Support English requirements will begin directly in Co-Requisite LS English.
- Learning Support English is satisfied by a student earning a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1101 while co-enrolled in ENGL 0999 and ENGL 1101.
- For students who begin in a Foundations LS Math course, a passing grade of C or higher within two attempts makes the student eligible to progress to the Co-Requisite Learning Support Math. Some students with Learning Support Math requirements will begin directly in Co-Requisite LS Math.
- Learning Support Math is satisfied by a student earning a grade of D or higher in MATH 1001, MATH 1101, or MATH 1111 while co-enrolled in the appropriate Co-Requisite LS Math course (MATH 0997, MATH 0998 or MATH 0999, respectively).
- Students who do not complete the requirements for passing Learning Support Foundations courses within two attempts will earn a grade of U and will be on Learning Support Dismissal from the University System of Georgia. Students may not be considered for readmission within one (1) year of the suspension unless they satisfy a collegiate-level course at a transfer institution before the 1-year suspension is finished and meet transfer admissions criteria.
- According to Board of Regents’ policy, students enrolled in both Learning Support courses and credit courses may withdraw from said Learning Support courses and remain in their credit courses unless the Learning Support course is considered a co-requirement for remaining in the college-level course. For example, any student enrolled in a Co-Requisite LS math, like MATH 0999 and MATH 1111, may not withdraw or be withdrawn from one and not the other.
Note: An attempt is defined as a semester in which a student receives any grade or symbol except A, B, C, W or WM.
Students with Documented Learning Disabilities
Students with documented 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.
Students with learning disabilities may petition through the institution to the Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders for a maximum of two additional semesters of Learning Support work. The documentation submitted by such students must be consistent with the definition and criteria for evaluation provided in Section 3, Appendix D of the University System of Georgia’s Academic & Student Affairs Handbook. Documentation must be sent to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at least one semester in advance of the time the accommodation is needed. The Committee may request additional information in its consideration of the institution's recommendation for additional semesters.