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Remedial Policy

Revised Spring 2017

  1. The Remediation Policy of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) applies to all first-time entering freshmen and transfer students.
  2. Students with one or more curricular deficiencies will be provided the means (developmental education) to satisfy deficiencies within the first 24 college-level credit hours attempted.
  3. Developmental education refers to courses or academic services that do not carry college credit and are designed to raise students’ competency in the subject area to the collegiate level.
  4. Students with curricular deficiencies in English, Mathematics, or Reading, who fail to demonstrate adequate curricular competence through a minimum ACT subject score or institutional secondary assessment will be required to participate in developmental education designed to remedy the deficiency.  Students must achieve a competency equivalent to a “C” or better to remove the deficiency.
  5. Students with a science deficiency must satisfy remediation requirements in English, mathematics, and reading before enrolling in a general education science course appropriate for their major.
  6. Students may fulfill their remedial requirements by earning a satisfactory score on the appropriate Computerized Placement Test(s) or by successfully completing developmental education courses or academic services.
  7. Students must enroll in development education (courses or academic services that do not carry college credit) during their first semester at Southwestern and remain enrolled in developmental education until all deficiencies are cleared.  Students must earn a satisfactory score, equivalent to a “C” or higher in development education, or may test out of remediation by earning a satisfactory score, equivalent to a “C” or higher, on the appropriate CPT (College Placement Test).
  8. Students must successfully remediate basic skills through developmental education within the first 24 college-level hours attempted.  After 24 hours of college-level hours attempted, SWOSU may restrict enrollment to remedial courses if deficiencies remain.
  9. Transfer students with more than 24 college-level hours attempted must fulfill remedial requirements during the first semester of enrollment at SWOSU.  Students continuously enrolled in developmental education intended to remove deficiencies may be allowed to continue enrollment beyond the 24-hour limit.
  10. Students are allowed to re-test on the CPT before completing developmental education.  Students must wait a minimum of two weeks before the re-test.  The higher score will be posted.
  11. Students wishing to test or re-test while enrolled in a remedial course must take the initial placement test and re-test before noon of the semester deadline to add a course, or by Instructor permission.
  12. Students passing the appropriate college placement test while enrolled in developmental education may withdraw from their remediation course and/or academic services.  Students will receive a grade of W if they drop a remediation course.
  13. Students who fail the initial placement test and re-test while enrolled in developmental education and subsequently fail the course or remediation academic services, may take a re-test before re-enrolling in developmental education.
  14. The President or his/her designee may allow a student who has been regularly enrolled to continue to enroll in college-level courses work in addition to developmental course work beyond the 24 college-level credit hour limit, provided the student has demonstrated success in the college-level course work.  Such exceptions must be appropriately documented.
  15. Course or academic services placement for students should include an evaluation of past academic performance, educational goals, study skills, values, self-concept, and motivation.  Student assessment results will be utilized in the placement and advisement process.
  16. High school students who want to enroll in college-level courses must earn a score of 19 or higher on the ACT subject test for the area(s) in which they want to enroll. Subject tests include English, reading, mathematics and science reasoning. An ACT subject score of 19 in reading is required for enrollment in any subject area other than English, mathematics and science reasoning. Institutional secondary testing may not be used for placement.  Concurrent students may not enroll in remedial (zero-level) course work designed to remove high school deficiencies.