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Course Placement Information

Course Placement Information

Strategies

 In order to maximize students' chances for success, WKU has implemented admissions/enrollment criteria and conditions that reflect a combination of individual measures (e.g., high school GPA, composite ACT) that, in combination are proven indicators of student persistence, retention and performance.  WKU is placing a greater emphasis on placing students in advising tracks and first-year courses according to their readiness needs and declared major upon entry.

It is recommended that students requiring multiple developmental courses limit their registration in developmental courses to two in their first semester. This allows students to enroll in an array of credit-bearing course to complete their schedule and thus make tangible progress toward their degree in their first semester of enrollment.

Effective Fall 2012, WKU has extended the pre-registration system through two semesters or until all college readiness needs are met and students are making satisfactory academic progress towards their degree.

Developmental & Supplemental Courses at WKU:

Subject 

Cutoff Scores

 Course

 Course Title

 

 Course Description

 ENGLISH

ACT English Score 15 and below

 

DENG 055C

 

Fundamentals of Composition

 

Intensive course in the basic mechanics of writing, reading, and grammar, designed to prepare students for college-level work in English.  Credit for DENG 055C  is not degree applicable.

 ENGLISH          

ACT English Scores

of 16 & 17

ENG/ENGL 100

Introduction to College Writing

 

 Students with ACT English scores of 16 and 17 are required to attend enhanced sections of English 100 which include an extra hour of class time.

READING 

ACT Reading Score of 17 and below.

 DRDG 080C

College Reading Strategies

 

Preparation for reading at the college level. Emphasis is given to vocabulary recognition, comprehension, inference, and differentiation of reading requirements as related to different courses. Credit for DRDG 080C is not degree applicable.

 

ACT Reading Scores of 18 or 19 

LTCY 199 

Analysis & Critical Reading 

 

Emphasis on developing higher level analysis of complex text including vocabulary and strategic approaches to deep comprehension. Required for incoming freshmen who scored 18 or 19 on the reading portion of the ACT. Must be paired with approved heavy reading content course.

 

IF ACT MATH <19 

 

 

 

 

 MATH

AND Math Placement Exam (MPE) score <= 7 or Math Developmental Math Exam (MDE) <=7

 DMA 055C

Basic Algebra Skills

 

Designed for those who did not take Algebra I in high school and a MAJOR REQUIRING MATH 116 (College Algebra) Credit for DMA 055C is not applicable toward a degree.

 

AND Math Placement Exam (MPE) score of 8 and below 14 or Math Developmental Math Exam (MDE) >=8

 DMA 096C

Intermediate Algebra 

 

 For those students needing algebra who do not have the prerequisites for MATH 116 or 118. Topics include functions, graphing, and fundamental concepts of algebra. Credit for DMA 096C is not applicable toward a degree.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14