Program Description

 

The Academic Readiness & Developmental Education Program at Eastern Kentucky University helps students achieve academic success by developing or enhancing basic skill proficiencies in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Proficiencies in these areas are measured by student performance on the ACT, SAT, and EKU placement tests. In addition, students may earn developmental proficiency in English composition, reading, or mathematics via KYOTE (KentuckY Online TEsting) scores earned in a University-sponsored High School Transition Course completed at a secondary institution.  Students needing additional preparation, as identified through testing, are required to enroll in college readiness or developmental education coursework.  College readiness is defined by minimum ACT subscores of 18 in English, 19 in mathematics, and 20 in reading, and is based on the Kentucky System-Wide Standards of Assessment and Placement (http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/013/002/020.htm). 

Developmental Education and Academic Readiness courses are defined in the following manner:

Developmental Education Course: A developmental course is a college or university class numbered 090 or 095 that prepares a student for college-level study and does not award credit toward a degree. (13 KAR 2:020, Section 1, #3).

Academic/College Readiness Course: A college readiness course that prepares a student for college-level study within the context of a supplemented course that awards credit toward a degree and is numbered 100 or higher. These courses will have additional academic support, such as additional labs, tutoring, and increased monitoring of students beyond that which is usually associated with an entry-level course.

College Readiness & Developmental Education Course Descriptions  (top)

Developmental education and college readiness courses in the areas of writing, reading, and mathematics are designed to improve essential skills in these areas. The Departments of English & Theatre and Mathematics & Statistics offer these courses, which include: ENG 090 (Basic Writing - offered in the Eastern Summer Bridge program only), ENG 095R (Developmental Reading & Writing II), ENG 095R (Introduction to Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric), ENG 101R (Reading, Writing and Rhetoric, Supported), ENG 100 (English for for Non-Native Speakers), ENR 090 (Developmental Reading I - offered in the Eastern Summer Bridge program only), ENR 115 (Learning Dynamics), MAT 090 (Prealgebra), and MAT 095 (Developmental Algebra I).

NOTES:

  1. ENG 101R remediates ENR 095 and provides students with 3 hours of credit for ENG 101.
  2. ENG095R will remediate developmental-level writing and/or reading needs.
  3. ENG 100 will remediate developmental-level writing and/or reading needs for international students.
  4. Students with an ACT of less than 22 must take MAT 110 to prepare for MAT 112 or MAT 114.
  5. MAT 095 students who are unable to pass Module A after four attempts (four blocks) may be required to take MAT 090 (Modules A, B, and C) before attempting MAT 095 again.

Each developmental course numbered 090 or 095 is a three-hour institutional course. The credit hours for courses beginning with a zero course number, like 090 or 095 do not apply toward graduation. These courses do count toward enrollment status for financial aid eligibility, housing eligibility, completion of developmental needs for degree progression, and full-time student status.

Placement in and successful completion of these courses is required of students who do not demonstrate proficiency in the basic skill areas.

ENG 090 (Basic Writing)-Offered Summer Only

This course focuses on academic writing. It provides strategies for improving content, organization, voice, reading to write, and editing from sentences to essays. Exit exam required.  

Please note that students completing ENG 090 as part of the Eastern Summer Bridge program must pass ENG 090 with a final grade of A, B, or C. Students not earning a final grade of A, B, or C  may be denied continued admission at the University.  
 

ENG 095R (Developmental Composition)-Offered Summer Only

Prerequisite: ENG 090 or ACT English and reading subscores of 15-16. Focuses on critical reading and academic writing. Provides strategies for comprehending and analyzing source materials and integrating sources with written work, with an emphasis on thesis development, organization, voice and style.  

Please note that students must pass ENG 095R with a final grade of A, B, or C. Students not earning a final grade of A, B, or C are required to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester immediately following.  

ENG 100 (English for Non-Native Speakers)

Review and practice of English for non-native speakers. Review of English grammar with intensive practice of academic language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Required of non-native speakers on basis of university placement exam. 

Final grades for ENG 100 are U/unsatisfactory or S/satisfactory.

ENG 101R (Reading, Writing and Rhetoric, Supported)

Prerequisite: ACT subscore of 17 on both English and Reading. A writing course developing critical reading skills while integrating and responding to varied sources; composing texts including summaries, analyses, evaluations, responses, and arguments; emphasizing style, organization, coherence, purpose, and persuasion for different audiences. Credit will not be awarded for both ENG 101 and ENG 101R. General Education Element 1A.

Please note that students must pass ENG101R with a final grade of A, B, or C.

ENR 090 (Developmental Reading I)-Offered Summer Only

This course focuses on improving reading skills by developing vocabulary and active reading strategies such as previewing, organizing information, and identifying main ideas and supporting details.

Please note that students completing ENR 090 as part of the Eastern Summer Bridge program must pass ENR 090 with a final grade of A, B, or C. Students not earning a final grade of A, B, or C  may be denied continued admission at the University.  
 

ENR 095 (Developmental Reading II)-Offered in the Eastern Summer Bridge Program Only

This course focuses on developing comprehension skills. It provides systematic methods for learning college-level vocabulary, analyzing structure and ideas of written materials, and developing critical reading skills.

Please note that students completing ENR 095 as part of the Eastern Summer Bridge program must pass ENR 095 with a final grade of A, B, or C. Students not earning a final grade of A, B, or C  may be denied continued admission at the University.  
 

MAT 090A Prealgebra (1 credit hour)-Offered Summer Only

Corequisites:  MAT 090B, MAT 090C.  Course content includes whole number and integer arithmetic, order of operations, introduction to solving equations, and a strong strand of geometry.

Please note that students must pass MAT090A with final grades of A, B, or C.

MAT 090B Prealgebra (1 credit hour)-Offered Summer Only

Corequisite and/or Prerequisites:  MAT 090A, 090B.  Corequite:  MAT 090C.  Course content includes fraction and decimal arithmetic, ratio and proportion, basic percent concepts, measurement, and radicals.

Please note that students must pass MAT 090B with final grades of A, B, or C.

MAT 090C Prealgebra (1 credit hour)-Offered Summer Only

Corequisite and/or prerequisites:  MAT 090A, MAT 090B.  Course content includes basic algebraic concepts such as solving linear equations, graphing equations in two variables, understanding algebraic expressions, polynomials and exponents.

Please note that students must pass MAT 090C with final grades of A, B, or C.

MAT 095A Introductory Algebra (1 credit hour)

Prerequisite: MAT 090C.  Course content includes the real number system, algebraic expressions, linear equations and ijnequalities, integer exponents, polynomials, and basic descriptive geometry.

Please note that students must pass MAT 095A with a final grade of A, B, or C.

Please note, also:  MAT 095 students who are unable to pass Module A after four attempts (four blocks) may be required to take MAT 090 (Modules A, B, and C) before attempting MAT 095 again.

MAT 095B Introductory Algebra (1 credit hour)

Corequisite and/or prerequisite:  MAT 095A  Corequisite:  MAT 095C.  Course content includes factoring polynomials, quadratic equations, and radical expressions.

MAT 095C Introductory Algebra (1 credit hour)

Corequisite and/or prerequisites:  MAT 095A, 095B.  Course content includes linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, graphing quadratic equations, and an introduction to relations and functions.

EKU offers an academic orientation course specifically designed for students with two or more developmental requirement areas. Following is a description of that course:

GSD 101 (Foundations of Learning)
 This course is a three-credit hour academic orientation course that is taken by referral or placement. This course is an intensive introduction to the University, including study skills, cultural and learning resources, academic life, university policies and procedures, self-exploratory activities and growth. This course is required for all students with two or more developmental area requirements.

Placement Guidelines  (top)

All students are required to demonstrate college readiness skills in reading, mathematics, and writing. These skills are assessed by ACT, SAT, COMPASS, KYOTE and EKU placement test scores. Students are encouraged to prepare for the placement tests by using the sample online placement tests available at www.testing.eku.edu. These tests may be scheduled by contacting the EKU Office of Academic Testing at 859-622-1281. Students not demonstrating proficiency are required to successfully complete additional coursework.

Reading

The following college reading readiness benchmarks have been established:

  • ACT Reading score 01-14 - placement in ENR 090 (Developmental Reading I) - Summer Only
  • ACT Reading score 15-16 - placement in ENG 095R (Introduction to Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric)
  • ACT Reading score 17-19 - placement in ENG 101R (Reading, Writing and Rhetoric)
  • ACT Reading score 20+ - no college reading readiness need
  • SAT Reading score 470+ - no college reading readiness need
  • COMPASS Reading score 85+ - no college reading readiness need 
  • KentuckY Online TEsting (KYOTE) Reading score 20+ - no college reading readiness need

COMPASS & KYOTE scores must be submitted directly to the EKU Office of Academic Testing, (859) 622-1281.

Mathematics

The following college mathematics readiness benchmarks have been established:

  • ACT Math score 01-15 - placement in MAT 090 (Prealgebra) - Summer Only
  • ACT Math score 16-18 - placement in MAT 095 (Developmental Algebra I)
  • ACT Match scores 19+ - required of students who need MAT 110 (Introduction to Algebraic Functions)
  • ACT Math score 19+ - required of students who need MAT 105 (Mathematics with Applications) for major
  • ACT Math score 19+ - required of students who need MAT 106 (Applied Finite Mathematics)
  • ACT Math score 22+ - required of students who need:  MAT 114 (College Algebra) for major; MAT 112 (Applied College Algebra) and MAT 120 (Trigonometry) for major
  • ACT Math score 23+ - required of students who need MAT 122 (Pre-Calculus) for major
  • ACT Math score 25+ - required of students who need MAT 234 (Calculus I) for major
  • SAT Math score 460 + - required of students who need MAT 110 (Introduction to Algebraic Functions)
  • SAT Math score 460 + - required of students who need MAT 105 (Mathematics with Applications) for major
  • SAT Math score 460 + - required of students who need MAT 106 (Applied Finite Mathematics)
  • SAT Math score 510+ - required of students who need MAT 114 (College Algebra) for major or MAT 112 (Applied College Algebra) for major
  • SAT Math score 530+ - required of students who need MAT 120 (Trigonometry) for major
  • SAT Math score 550+ - required of students who need MAT 122 (Pre-Calculus) for major
  • SAT Math score 590+ - required of students who need MAT 234 (Calculus I) for major
  • COMPASS Algebra Domain score 36+ - may enroll in MAT 110 (Introduction to Algebraic Functions)
  • COMPASS Algebra Domain score 36+ - may enroll in MAT 105 (Mathematics with Applications)
  • COMPASS Algebra Domain score 36+ - may enroll in MAT 106 (Applied Finite Mathematics)
  • COMPASS Algebra Domain score 50+ - may enroll in MAT 114 (College Algebra) or MAT 112 (Applied College Algebra)
  • Kentucky Online TEsting (KYOTE) College Readiness Mathematics score 22+ - may enroll in MAT 110 (Introduction to Algebraic Function)
  • KentuckY Online TEsting (KYOTE) College Readiness Mathematics score 22+ - may enroll in MAT 105 (Mathematics with Applications)
  • Kentucky Online TEsting (KYOTE) College Readiness Mathematics score 22+ - may enroll in MAT 106 (Applied Finite Mathematics)
  • KentuckY Online TEsting (KYOTE) College Algebra score 14+ - may enroll in MAT 114 (College Algebra) or MAT 112 (Applied College Algebra)

COMPASS & KYOTE scores must be submitted directly to the EKU Office of Academic Testing, (859) 622-1281.

Writing

The following college readiness writing benchmarks have been established:

  • ACT English score 01-14 - placement in ENG 090 (Basic Writing) - Summer Only
  • ACT English score 15-16 - placement in ENG 095R (Introduction to Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric)
  • ACT English score 17 (or students who score 18+ in English and 15-19 in reading) - placement in ENG 101R (Reading, Writing and Rhetoric)
  • ACT English score 18-27 - no college writing readiness need
  • ACT English score 28+ - placement in ENG 105 (English Composition Honors)
  • SAT Writing score 430+ - no college writing readiness need
  • COMPASS Writing score 74+ - no college writing readiness need
  • KentuckY Online TEsting (KYOTE) Writing score 6+ - no college writing readiness need

COMPASS & KYOTE scores must be submitted directly to the EKU Office of Academic Testing, (859) 622-1281. 

Transfer Students  (top)

Transfer students must demonstrate proficiency in the essential skill areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. The University will consider transfer course work, ACT or SAT scores on file at the University, and EKU placement tests in determining skill proficiencies.

Students transferring to Eastern Kentucky University with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Sciences, and Associate of Science in Nursing degree, or equivalent, are considered proficient in the three basic skill areas of English (writing), mathematics, and reading.

Advising & Course Load  (top)

Students with two or more developmental area requirements are enrolled as associate degree or "exploratory" majors. They are permitted 15 hours of University enrollment, unless otherwise specified by admission status. The Office of Academic Advising will assist these students in establishing connections to the departments of their intended majors.

Enrollment & Completion Requirements  (top)

Following are the policies concerning developmental enrollment and completion requirements for degree seeking students:

  1. All full- or part-time students with developmental requirements in two or more areas must take GSD 101 in the first semester of enrollment.
  2. All full- or part-time students with college readiness or developmental requirements, identified by ACT, SAT, and local placement testing, are required to enroll in the specified developmental course(s) during their first and each subsequent semester of enrollment, excluding summer, until all developmental requirements are completed.
  3. Part-time students must enroll in any required college readiness or developmental course before attempting course work which carries academic credit, with the exceptions of GSD 101 or other required orientation courses.
  4. Students with college readiness or developmental education requirements are allowed a maximum of two consecutive terms of University enrollment, excluding summer, to successfully complete each required course.
  5. Students with developmental education requirements must complete all required courses by the end of the term in which they attempt their 45th credit hour, including developmental hours. Withdrawal from a developmental course counts as one semester of University enrollment toward the attempted completion of developmental requirements. Enrollment at the University in the spring or fall semester also counts as one attempt at developmental course completion, even if a student is not actually enrolled in the required course. Students not completing all developmental requirements within 45 hours will be developmentally dismissed.

Placement in and successful completion of these courses is required of students not demonstrating proficiency through testing. Each developmental course (listed with a prefix of 090 or 095) is a three-hour institutional credit course. The developmental and college readiness courses offered at Eastern Kentucky University are as follows: ENG 090 (Basic Writing), ENG 095 (Developmental Composition), ENG 095R (Introduction to Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric), ENR 090 (Developmental Reading I), ENR 095 (Developmental Reading II), MAT 090 (Prealgebra-Modules A, B, & C), and MAT 095 (Introductory Algebra-Modules A, B, & C). Credit hours for developmental courses do not apply toward graduation but do count toward enrollment status for determining financial aid eligibility, housing eligibility, and full-time student status.

Restrictions  (top)

  • Students with two or more developmental area requirements are enrolled in associate degree programs or as "Undeclared" majors. The Office of Academic Advising will assist these students in establishing connections to the departments of their intended majors.
  • Students with two or more developmental area requirements are restricted to 16 hours of University enrollment, unless otherwise specified by admission status.
  • Students enrolled in MAT 090 (Prealgebra) cannot enroll in any course with the following prefixes: AST, BIO, CHE, CIS, CNM, CSC, FOR, GLY, NAT, PHY, SCI, or STA.

Grades in Developmental Courses  (top)

  • Developmental course grades are not included in the calculation of GPAs.
  • Developmental course grades include the grades A, B, C, and F. There is no course grade of D in a developmental course.

For additional information or questions concerning Eastern Kentucky University's Developmental Education and Academic Readiness Program, please contact the following:

  • Kathy Williams, Director of Academic Readiness & Testing, (859) 622-2306, or kathy.williams @eku.edu.
  • Donna Jones, Administrative Assistant of Academic Readiness & Testing, (859) 622-1892, or donna.jones@eku.edu.
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