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Program Description

 

The Academic Readiness 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 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). 

Academic Readiness Course Descriptions  (top)

Academic readiness courses in the areas of writing, reading, and mathematics are designed to improve essential skills in these areas. 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. The Departments of English & Theatre and Mathematics & Statistics offer these courses, which include:  ENG 101R (Reading, Writing and Rhetoric, Supported), ENG 100 (English for for Non-Native Speakers), ENR 115 (Learning Dynamics, taught only in the Colonels Now program), MAT 112AP/BP (College Algebra, with labs, Supported), MAT 105P (Math with applications, with labs, Supported), STA 215P (Statistical Reasoning, Supported), PHI 101R (Logic and Critical Reasoning).

NOTES:

  1. ENG 101R will remediate writing and/or reading academic readiness needs and provides students with 3 hours of credit for ENG 101.
  2. ENG 100 will remediate writing and/or reading academic readiness needs for international students.
  3. Students with an ACT of less than 22 must take MAT 112AP/BP. Students can also take the KYOTE College Algebra Exam to test out of the P supported section of 112.

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

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. Students who pass with a final grade of B or C will be required to take ENG 102R for additional support.

Placement Guidelines  (top)

All students are required to demonstrate college readiness skills in reading, mathematics, and writing. These skills are assessed by ACT, SAT, 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 14-19 - 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
  • KentuckY Online TEsting (KYOTE) Reading score 20+ - no college reading readiness need

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 16-21 - placement in MAT 105P, MAT 112AP/BP, STA 215P, PHI 101R
  • ACT Math score 19+ - required of students who need MAT 105 (Mathematics with Applications) for major
  • 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 27+ - 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
  • 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)

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
  • KentuckY Online TEsting (KYOTE) Writing score 6+ - no college writing readiness need

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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