Most degree and certificate seeking applicants to the College are required to take a placement test prior to registration. This test assesses skills in the areas of writing, reading, and mathematics, with the results used to determine if remedial course work must be taken in those subject areas. Students whose native language is not English are required to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) test in lieu of the College’s regular assessment test.
Students whose assessment test placement is the “Basic Education Program” must enroll in and successfully complete the Basic Education Program (BEP) and any additional required remediation before enrolling in regular college courses. See the Reading and Basic Education Department web site for further information.
Students who are not placed in the Basic Education Program, but require a remedial/ESL course (i.e., COM 030, ENG 001, ENG 030, MAT 001, MAT 002, MAT 003, RDG 001, RDG 002, RDG 030) must adhere to the following conditions:
- Students must enroll in required remedial/ESL courses during their first semester of attendance.
- The only possible grades for these courses are “S” (Satisfactory) and “U” (Unsatisfactory). For extreme situations, see number 8 below.
- Any student who does not successfully complete a required remedial/ESL course must register again for the course the following semester.
- Any student who earns a grade of “U” in a required remedial/ESL course will be limited to the equivalent of 14 credit hours in subsequent semesters until all remedial/ESL requirements are satisfactorily completed.
- A student may repeat a single, failed remedial/ESL course only twice, and will be academically dismissed after the third failure, upon review by the Office of Placement Testing in consultation with the chair or the chair’s designated coordinator of the department that offers the remedial or ESL course.
- MAT 003 may be taken only once. In the event of failure the student will be appropriately placed into MAT001 or MAT 002 for what will count as a second attempt at that course.
- A dismissed student will be considered for readmission only after being separated from the College for at least one year (fall/spring), and only if future placement tests results reveal no need for remediation in the course(s) for which the student was dismissed.
- Students can only withdraw from the required remedial/ESL courses if they are officially withdrawing from all courses for the semester in response to extenuating circumstances, such as a medical or personal emergency. In such cases, the student must present to the office of the Dean of Students cause for withdrawal from all courses and request a W grade that would not affect academic standing.
- Some academic departments have designated courses which students cannot take until remedial/ESL requirements have been satisfied. Students with remedial/ESL requirements cannot register for those restricted courses and may not add them through the Change of Program or Drop/Add process.
The following additional conditions apply to students who are not placed into the Basic Education Program, but require two or three remedial courses from among ENG 001, MAT 001, MAT 002, MAT 003, RDG 001, RDG 002:
In addition to fulfilling their remediation requirements specified in the sections above, these students must enroll in NCC 101 – The College Experience. The course can be taken during the summer or winterim session prior to the first Fall/Spring semester of attendance or during the first semester of attendance. Students required to enroll in NCC 101 and who do not successfully complete the course must register again for NCC 101 until they do so.