Academic Foundations at CF
As part of the CF enrollment process, students are assessed in the skill areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Based on this assessment, students may be placed in developmental courses in one or more of the skill areas. These courses provide the critical foundation for student success in college-level English, reading or math courses.. Students who are placed in these classes may take a limited number of college level courses in each curriculum area as follows:
- A student placed into Academic Foundations mathematics may not register for any college-level mathematics course until the Academic Foundations requirement in mathematics is successfully completed. Additionally, no course with a mathematics prerequisite or co-requisite may be taken.
- A student placed into Academic Foundations English or reading may not register for college-level English (ENC 1101, Freshman Composition Skills I) until the Academic Foundations requirement has been successfully completed. In addition, no course which has ENC 1101 as a prerequisite or co-requisite may be taken.
- A student placed into Academic Foundations reading may not take any college-level reading course or ENC 1101 until the Academic Foundations requirement has been successfully completed. In addition, no course which has ENC 1101 as a prerequisite or co-requisite may be taken.
- ENC 0015 and ENC 0025 (Academic Foundations English) and REA 0007 and REA 0017 (Academic Foundations reading) form the second or advanced level in the ESL (English as a Second Language) program. A student participating in the ESL program may not take college level courses, except as noted in item B above.
All students required to enroll in an Academic Foundations course may elect to seek an alternative source for remedial instruction. The alternatives may include but not be limited to a private provider, Continuing Education, or the Learning Support Center.
Any student who tests into any Academic Foundations course or who selects an alternative method of instruction is encouraged to begin enrolling immediately in the Academic Foundations coursework and maintain continuous enrollment in Academic Foundations coursework until all Academic Foundations requirements have been satisfied. Once a student completes 12 credit hours of college level coursework, the student will then be permitted to enroll only in Academic Foundations coursework until all prep requirements have been satisfied.
Students should enroll in at least one Academic Foundations course in their first term. A student may take other appropriate college-level courses in addition to Academic Foundations courses if a student chooses to do so; however, all Academic Foundations courses must be completed prior to enrolling in more than 12 hours of college-level courses.
Failure to comply with this rule will affect a student’s ability to enroll in college-level courses and may affect a student’s financial aid award.
State law, House Bill 1545, requires CF to charge full cost of instruction on the third attempt of a Academic Foundations course taken at CF, since fall 1997, in English, reading, or mathematics. However, due to financial hardship and/or extenuating circumstances, a student may be able to qualify for an exception to the increased fee. An exception based on extenuating circumstances may be used only once for each course.
Academic Foundations Courses
Academic Foundations courses do not meet the General Education requirements and are nontransferable electives. They cannot be used to meet the 60 hour graduation requirement. College credit is not given for these courses. Students must continually enroll in required preparatory courses until all requirements are completed.
___ EAP 0280C English as a Second Language Combined Skills
___ EAP 0300C English as a Second Language Speech/Listening
___ EAP 0340C English as a Second Language Writing
___ EAP 0360C English as a Second Language Grammar/Structure
___ EAP 0420C English as a Second Language Reading
___ EAP 0460C English as a Second Language Grammar/Structure
___ ENC 0015 Developmental Writing I
___ ENC 0025 Developmental Writing II
___ MAT 0990 Developmental Mathematics
___ REA 0007 Developmental Reading I
___ REA 0017 Developmental Reading II
NOTE: Students required to take two or three courses in Academic Foundations areas will be required to enroll in College and Career Success (SLS 1501)