Academic & Student Affairs Handbook

Procedural guide for implementing BoR policies related to Academic Affairs

3.6 Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Programs Not Leading to the Baccalaureate Degree

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3.6.1 Admission to Career Programs

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Last reviewed: October 2014

The following are the two types of admission to career programs:

  • Those with a Core-based general education component allowing more than 12 semester hours of Core Curriculum coursework.
  • Those with non-Core general education components allowing 12 or fewer semester hours of Core Curriculum coursework.
  1. Programs with More than 12 Semester Hours of Core Curriculum
    All applicants must have a high school diploma. At research, comprehensive and state universities and some state colleges, applicants must achieve the institutional sector’s Freshman Index (FI) for Limited Admission and must have the sector’s minimum SAT scores. Applicants are not held to RHSC requirements, and they will not be counted among the students in the Limited Admission category.

  2. Programs with 12 or Fewer Semester Hours of Core Curriculum
    Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

    • Graduate from an accredited high school as specified in Section 3.2.1 with a minimum GPA of 1.8
    • Meet the beginning freshman RHSC criteria for the institutional sector
    • Possess a state-issued high school equivalency certificate or diploma as specified in Section 3.2.1, High School Graduation

    For placement purposes, students admitted to career degree or certificate programs must be evaluated for Learning Support placement.

    Comparable scores from Southern Association of Colleges Commission on College (SACSCOC) accredited institutions that are part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) may be used.

    Students who do not meet or exceed the institution’s minimum criteria for placement in collegiate English or Mathematics will be required to enroll in Learning Support courses as follows:

    • For students who take courses that have Learning Support prerequisites, all Learning Support requirements for those courses must be met.
    • For students who do not take courses with Learning Support prerequisites, completion of Learning Support courses is not mandatory.

    Students who meet the institution’s regular admission standards for programs leading to baccalaureate degrees are exempted from taking the CPE or COMPASS. Students may take only those Core Curriculum courses that are specified in their approved career program.

    Students who have earned an Associate of Science (AS) degree in an allied health area or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree may apply for admission to a program leading to the baccalaureate degree according to the institution’s criteria for admission. These students will not be held to RHSC requirements.

    Students admitted in the career degree or certificate category or who have not completed a career degree may be considered for admission into a baccalaureate degree program if either of the following conditions is met:

    • The student meets the requirements for Regular or Limited Admission.
    • The student shows exceptional promise and is admitted as a Presidential Exception.

    Students admitted in this category must fulfill all Learning Support and RHSC requirements.

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3.6.2 Admission of Students to Certificate Programs at Designated Vocational Divisions

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Last reviewed: January 2010

Students without a high school diploma or a state-issued high school equivalency certificate or diploma as specified in Section 3.2.1, High School Graduation who apply for admission to a vocational-technical program at one of the three USG institutions with a TCSG unit (Dalton State College, Clayton State University or Bainbridge State College) may be required to meet the Ability-to-Benefit Examination requirements. Institutions may use tests that are on the United States Department of Education’s approved list or take appropriate steps to get that agency’s approval for tests not on the list. Bainbridge College and Dalton State College use Ability-to-Benefit requirements.

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