Policy No. 2:01:02:02

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Cleveland, Tennessee

SUBJECT:  Assessment and Placement of Students Granted Regular Admission

In order to ensure that students are adequately prepared for college and have a reasonable opportunity to succeed in their studies, CLSCC requires that all students granted regular admission and all others for whom it is specifically required in TBR Policy No. 2:03:00:00 are subject to the following applicable assessments:

  1. All applicants for regular admission as first-time degree-seeking freshman who are under the age of 21 must submit ACT or SAT scores to CLSCC.  Students under the age of 21 who have no ACT or SAT scores will be assessed by COMPASS or ASSET.
  2. For students under 21 the following will apply:
    1. If the ACT Reading sub-score is below 19 (or an equivalent COMPASS Reading score), the student must complete the diagnostic reading assessment administered by CLSCC to determine placement.  A student with an ACT Reading sub-score below 13 (or an equivalent COMPASS score) will also enroll in READ 0700 at no additional charge to the student.
    2. If the ACT English sub-score is below 18 (or an equivalent COMPASS English score), the student must complete the diagnostic writing assessment administered by CLSCC to determine placement.  A student with an ACT English sub-score below 13 (or an equivalent COMPASS score) will also enroll in ENGL 0700 at no additional charge to the student.
    3. If the ACT Mathematics sub-score is below 19 (or an equivalent COMPASS Math score), the student must register for Learning Support Math (MATH 0800).  Further diagnostic testing will take place during the first week of classes to determine which competencies will require focus.  A student with an ACT Mathematics sub-score below 13 (or an equivalent COMPASS score) will also enroll in MATH 0700 at no additional charge to the student.  Guidance Letter A-050 addresses coursework needed by a student with high-school deficiencies in mathematics.
  3. Degree-seeking students who are 21 or older and have not taken the ACT must take the COMPASS or ASSET test to determine college readiness.  Depending on COMPASS scores, further diagnostic testing may be required to determine actual placement.
  4. Students who are transferring from other Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions to CLSCC and who have not completed required Learning Support courses must have their scores on the appropriate assessment and recommended placement reported to the CLSCC Admissions Office.  Comparable Learning Support courses from non-TBR institutions will be evaluated for transfer by Enrollment Services.  Any exceptions must be approved by the Learning Support Coordinator.

Students whose COMPASS test scores do not indicate proficiency and/or readiness for college-level work must complete the prescribed Learning Support courses in reading, writing, and/or mathematics prior to enrolling in those college-level courses for which such skills are a prerequisite.  Such prerequisites are indicated in the catalog course description.

Source: TBR Guideline A-100

Approved by: Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee meeting of 1/13/94 and 2/7/13; Dean’s Council 1/30/13; President’s Cabinet 2/19/13.