Developmental Education — Academic Foundations
The developmental education program promotes and supports student success through a variety of courses, specialized services and curriculum innovations through the college's Academic Foundations division. The mission of Academic Foundations is to prepare CF students for college and personal success by building a strong academic foundation in the core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics. We offer additional courses and workshops designed to develop effective study, life and career skills. Academic Foundations is located in Building 2, Room 207, and students are encouraged to take advantage of the academic and student support services offered through the division to enhance college success. As part of the college's enrollment process, students are assessed in the skill areas of reading, writing and mathematics using an entry level placement test. Based on this assessment, students may be placed in developmental education courses in one or more skill areas. In the case of international students or non-native speakers of English, placement may begin in one of our English as a Second Language courses. All of our developmental education courses provide the foundation for success in college-level English or math courses.
The three areas of developmental education instruction are mathematics, English (writing) and reading. Students who are assigned developmental education may take a limited number of college-level courses in each curriculum area with limitations as follows:
All students required to enroll in developmental education 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 developmental education course or who selects an alternative method of instruction is encouraged to begin enrolling immediately in the developmental education coursework and maintain continuous enrollment in developmental education coursework until all developmental education 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 developmental education coursework until all requirements have been satisfied.
Students should enroll in as many required developmental education courses as possible in their first semester. A student may take other appropriate college-level courses in addition to developmental education if a student chooses to do so. However, all developmental education 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. Florida statute F.S. 1009.28 requires CF to charge the full cost of instruction to students enrolled in the same developmental education class more than twice. However, extenuating circumstances may qualify for an exception to the increased fee. An exception based on extenuating circumstances may be used only once for each course.
College Preparatory Courses
College preparatory 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.
Student Life Skills Courses
Student Life Skills courses meet the general education requirements and are transferable electives. They can be used to meet the 60-hour graduation requirement.
All students with college preparatory needs are encouraged to enroll in SLS 1501 College and Career Success in their first semester. Students with college preparatory needs in two or more subject areas are required to enroll in SLS 1501 College and Career Success in their first semester.