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Research and Policy Analysis

Learning Support Reports

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What is Learning Support?

Learning Support (LS) programs serve students who need preparation in reading, mathematics, and/or English. Students who do not meet standards for regular admission or who do not submit SAT or ACT scores sufficient for exemption are required to take the appropriate part(s) of the Collegiate Placement Exam or COMPASS exam to determine whether they are to be placed in LS courses. In admissions, placement, and exit requirements, institutions may set higher standards than required by the System. No degree credit may be earned in LS courses, but institutional credit is awarded. LS programs may serve three groups of students:

  1. Students required to take LS courses because they do not meet System minimum requirements for placement testing (430 SAT-Verbal and 400 SAT-Math and CPC English and Math) and are placed with the CPE or COMPASS at the System level;
  2. Students who are above the System minimum requirements but are required by the institution to take LS courses or other courses;
  3. Students who volunteer to take LS courses to prepare for regular college courses.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Learning Support Placement: Actual vs. Expected Performance in College-Level Courses, June 2005

Learning Support Requirements

Learning Support Feedback Data (Performance in Core Curriculum Courses)

Learning Support Exit Rates by Number of Semesters

The Learning Support (LS) reports provide the number and percent of first-time freshmen with LS requirements who successfully exited LS in English, reading, or math in one attempt, two attempts, three attempts, or more and the number and percent who have not yet exited LS. These reports may be used, along with additional information, to evaluate the effectiveness of LS programs and to provide background information on institutions.

Exit Rates by Number of Semesters (external link opens in new browser window or tab)