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Academic Affairs Policy 2.18
Minimum Requirements for Entry-Level, College-Level Mathematics and English

Purpose.    This policy is designed to:

  • establish clear and consistent goals for the level of academic achievement expected of high school students in two subject areas fundamental to success in college;
  • encourage high school students to improve their academic preparation for college;
  • increase the retention and graduation rates of students;
  • bolster the quality and coherence of academic degrees;
  • provide greater similarity of educational experience across a variety of institutions; and
  • facilitate the transfer of academic credit between institutions.

Scope.  Requirements of this policy establish uniform standards and procedures for the placement of students in entry-level, college-level courses in Mathematics and English that can be applied toward the following academic undergraduate degrees: Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate (A), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor (B).

General Consideration.  A college or university may not establish minimum scores for entry-level, college-level (degree credit) Mathematics or English courses that are higher or lower than those set forth below. However, an institution may require further assessment of students who already meet required minimums to determine their final placement in entry-level, college-level courses in Mathematics and English, e.g., campuses may establish placement scores for calculus-based vs non-calculus-based entry-level Mathematics.

Requirements for Placement into Entry-Level, College-Level Mathematics

  • To enroll in an entry-level, college-level Mathematics course designed to fulfill general education requirements of undergraduate academic degrees, a student must attain a minimum score of either:
    • 19 on the Mathematics section of the ACT [18 if enrolled in an introductory math course with a 1-3 hour co-requisite support component]; >20 recommended for College Algebra; or
    • 65 on the Elementary Algebra section of ACCUPLACER [≥70 recommended for College Algebra];
    • 40 on the Algebra section of COMPASS; or
    • 500-510 or 25-25.5 (New SAT Math); 460-470 (Old SAT Quantitative); or
    • Other nationally normed placement assessment instruments, as approved by the Board of Regents.

Requirements for Placement into Entry-Level, College-Level English

  • To enroll in an entry-level, college-level English course designed to fulfill general education requirements of undergraduate academic degrees, a student must attain a minimum score of either:
    • 18 on the English section of the ACT  [16 if enrolled in English Composition with a 1-3 hour co-requisite support component]; or
    • 86 on the Sentence Skills section of ACCUPLACER; or
    • 70 on the Writing Skills section of COMPASS; or
    • 25 (New SAT WL); 450 (Old SAT Verbal); or
    • Other nationally normed placement assessment instruments, as approved by the Board of Regents.

In lieu of the instruments listed above, a college or university may institute its own alternate placement system, but such a system must be validated. A valid placement system is governed by the principle that students shall meet, at a minimum, the same level of academic achievement as would have been defined by equivalent scores on the ACT. The validity of an alternate placement system shall be determined by the Board of Regents Division of Academic and Student Affairs.

 

 

 

Adopted by the Board of Regents, 26 August 2010. Effective date of change: 27 April 2016.    

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