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Frequently Asked Questions

College Readiness

  1. What is the College Readiness program?
  2. Why have I been placed in college readiness courses?
  3. Do college readiness courses count toward my student GPA and hours earned toward graduation?
  4. What are the college readiness courses?
  5. What developmental policies do I need to know?
  6. If I am developmentally dismissed from the University, can I be reinstated to the University?
  7. Do I have to take my developmental education course my first semester?
  8. Why won't EKU Direct let me drop my developmental course?
  9. What is the appeals process if I have not successfully completed a college readiness course after two consecutive semesters?
  10. How can I get out of taking a college readiness course?
  11. I failed a college readiness course.  May I take an EKU placement test to try to test out of it?
  12. Whom do I call to see if my KYOTE or COMPASS scores have been received by EKU?

1.  What is the College Readiness program?

The College Readiness program consists of developmental-level course work and programming specifically designed to help students build skills needed for success in college courses.  The program focuses on developing skills in English, math, and reading; study and test taking strategies; and transitioning to a university setting.

2.  Why have I been placed in college readiness courses?

Your college readiness needs are based on test scores the EKU Office of Academic Testing has on file for you.  The following test scores may be considered:  ACT subscores in English, math, and/or reading; SAT subscores in writing, critical reading, or math; EKU placement testing; or COMPASS or KYOTE scores.

3.  Do college readiness courses count toward my student GPA and hours earned toward graduation?

If you need a college readiness course, then in a way it counts toward progress to completing your degree.  However, it is true that 090-, 095- level courses do not count as part of the curriculum guidelines toward graduating from a particular major.  While the courses have grades of A, B, or C, these do not count in the calculation of your GPA.  These courses will count toward enrollment status for purposes such as determining eligibility for housing and financial aid.

4. What are the college readiness courses?

College readiness courses are 095 courses and ENG 101R (supported).

5. What developmental policies do I need to know?

If you have a college readiness need, you must enroll in needed developmental-level courses each semester you are enrolled at the University, whether enrolled as a full-or part-time student.  You will have two consecutive semesters of enrollment to successfully complete each required course.  Withdrawals from developmental courses count as a semester of enrollment.  Not registering for the needed course also counts as a semester of enrollment.  You must complete all required developmental courses by the end of the term in which you attempt your 45th credit hour, including college readiness hours.  Students not completing college readiness requirements as outlined above will be developmentally dismissed from the University until the college readiness deficiencies are remediated by some alternative means, such as taking the appropriate course(s) at another institution or demonstrating proficiency with ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores.

6.  If I am developmentally dismissed from the University, can I be reinstated to the University?

There is an appeal process for students dismissed from the University.  The appeal process is outlined in the letter of developmental dismissal that the student receives from the Registrar.

7.  Do I have to take my developmental education course my first semester?

Yes.  You are allowed a maximum of two consecutive terms of University enrollment to complete a college readiness course.  Withdrawing from the course or not registering for it still counts as an attempt.

8.  Why won't EKU Direct let me drop my developmental course?

After the first week of classes, you can no longer drop a developmental course unless you fill out the "Request to Drop/Withdraw from a Developmental Course form found on the Academic Readiness and Developmental Education website at http://developmentaleducation.eku.edu .  After submitting the on-line form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail either approving or denying your request.

9.   What is the appeals process if I have not successfully completed a college readiness course after two consecutive semesters?

You need to go to the Academic Readiness & Developmental Education website, http://developmentaleducation.eku.edu , click on the "Request to Repeat a Developmental Course" form on the left hand side.  Fill out the petition form and submit or send it in.  Once your form has been received and reviewed, you will receive an e-mail stating whether the appeal was approved or denied.

10. How can I get out of taking a college readiness course?

You may retake your ACT or SAT and get a score that meets the required benchmarks.  You also may take an EKU placement test and try to test out of the course.  (Note:  You cannot take an EKU placement test for a second time.  Also, if you enroll in a college readiness course and you fail it, you may not take an EKU placement test in attempt to complete your course need.)  If you have COMPASS scores or KYOTE scores from a high school transition program that indicate you have met college readiness benchmarks, those scores will get you out of developmental courses.  COMPASS or KYOTE scores can be faxed from your high school to our Testing Office at (859) 622-8830.  COMPASS testing can also be taken at some community colleges.

11.  I failed a college readiness course.  May I take an EKU placement test to try to test out of it?

No.  However, you may retake the ACT or take the EKU Residual ACT.  Contact Academic Testing for more information:  859-622-1281.

12.  Whom do I call to see if my KYOTE or COMPASS scores have been received by EKU?

You may call the Academic Testing Office at (859) 622-1281, or send an e-mail to academic.testing@eku.edu

Office of Academic Readiness & Testing
Kathy Williams, Director
Whitlock Building, Room 355
 (859) 622-1892

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