Morehead State University Developmental Education Policies and Procedures
The following information outlines the Developmental Education requirements for entering students who have an ACT subtest score below 18 for English, 19 for mathematics and 20 for reading. These students may be required to enroll in one or more of the appropriate developmental courses designted to prepare them for success at the University.
These policies are outlined in University Administrative Regulations UAR 107.04 and UAR 128.03, and are in accordance with Kentucky Administrative Regulation 13 KAR 2.020.
Mandatory Placement Testing
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education requires placement testing for all new entering college students whose ACT subtest scores are below designated readiness standards: below 18 for English, 19 for mathematics and 20 for reading.
Developmental Education Course Requirements
Students are required to take the appropriate developmental courses that will prepare them for success at the University.
A. Math ACT below 19: Students with an ACT subtest score in mathematics below 19 will be required to enroll in Mathematics 091, Beginning Algebra, followed by Mathematics 093, Intermediate Algebra if their program of study requires them to enroll in Mathematics 093. [Students whose program of study does not require MATH 152, College Algebra, and therefore are not required to enroll in Mathematics 093, may substitute MATH 090 for MATH 091.]
B. Math ACT of 19: Students with an ACT subtest score in mathematics of 19 and a program of study requiring certain math courses could be required to take Mathematics 093, Intermediate Algebra. Students need to check with their advisor or examine the Undergraduate Catalog to determine if their program of study requires them to enroll in Mathematics 093 as a prerequisite.
C. Reading ACT below 18: Students with an ACT subtest score in reading below 18 will be required to enroll in EDEL 096, Strategic Reading I, followed by a second reading course EDEL 097.
D. Reading ACT of 18 or 19: Students with an ACT subtest score in reading of 18-19 will be required to enroll in EDEL 097, Strategic Reading II.
E. English ACT of 13: Students with an ACT subtest score in English of 13 or lower will be required to enroll in English 090, Developmental Writing. Upon successful completion of English 090, they must enroll in English 099, Basic Writing Skills.
F. English ACT of 14-17: Students with an ACT subtest score in English of 14-17 will be required to enroll in English 099, Basic Writing Skills.
Developmental Education Program Requirements
The Developmental Education program is designed for the student’s first year to help them succeed in their academic efforts and to advance to the next level. If they are required to enroll in developmental classes, they will need to meet the following requirements:
A. Succeed in Developmental Courses: Students must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in all required developmental courses.
B. Monthly Appointments with Advisors: Students must make monthly appointments with their advisor so that their academic success can be monitored. Students will be expected to meet more frequently with their advisor as it becomes necessary to meet their academic goals.
C. The 30-Hour Rule: Students must complete all developmental requirements before the completion of 30 credit hours. Students will not be allowed to enroll in any college credit course beyond 30 hours until all developmental courses have been taken and passed with a grade of “C” or better.
D. Dropping a Developmental Course: Developmental courses cannot be dropped without written permission of the Office of Academic Services. Students who drop a developmental education class must sign a contract acknowledging their understanding of the 30 hour rule and they must agree to enroll in the course the next semester. If a student officially withdraws from the University before the end of the current semester, the current courses will not count towards the 30 hours.
E. Repeating a Developmental Course: Undergraduate students are permitted to repeat any non-credit bearing course (numbered beginning with 0, for example, ENG 099), or designated “Developmental”) for which they have earned a failing grade. They may repeat the course no more than three times. After the third failure, the student must contractually arrange for tutoring or adult learning assistance within or outside the university, and must document the arrangement with the Director of First Year Programs and Academic Services. Failure a fourth time will result in the student not being allowed to re-enroll for any coursework except for the course that was failed. The student will be restricted to one course retake per semester and will not qualify for financial aid. Once all failed courses have been successfully passed, the student can appeal to the Director of First Year Programs and Academic Services to again assume a full load.