(Revised February 2016)
Policies are set forth by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)
Students applying to state-supported Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) in Mississippi will be eligible for the Summer Developmental Program if they fail to meet one of the four admission criteria.
Students participating in the Summer Developmental Program will enroll in the deficient subject area or subject areas along with the learnings skills laboratory. Subject area deficiencies will be determined based on ACT subscores and/or ACCUPLACER scores. The Summer Developmental Program will not count toward graduation at any of the eight public institutions. The summer developmental courses are the following:
- Developmental English
- Developmental Reading
- Developmental Mathematics
- Learning Skills Laboratory
IHL-adopted textbooks will be used for the English, mathematics, and readings courses. These textbooks have accompanying software and may be ordered in bundles. The learning skills laboratory will focus on academic skills development in reading, English, mathematics, and other college readiness areas, such as study skills, test taking, learning resources, and time management. Computer-assisted tutorials and learning skills development will be used for laboratory sections, consistent with academic support programs.
Academic support for the Summer Developmental Program will consist of academic advising, personal and career counseling, tutorials, assistance with learning strategies, and study skills.
Summer Term and Dates:
The summer term for Summer Developmental Program courses may range in length at the discretion of the institution offering the program as long as appropriate contact minutes are met. Additionally, institutions will have the discretion of identifying dates for the SDP as long as they meet the contact minutes requirement. Students must be enrolled for the entire term to receive credit. Exceptions will be made for Mississippi students whose high school spring term is completed after the beginning of the summer term. The program will close after the first week to both in-state and out-of-state students; the decision to admit beyond this point is not academically sound.
A minimum of 2,250 contact minutes is required for each three-hour lecture based course. The Learning Skills Laboratory will require 4,500 minutes. The Summer Developmental Program courses shall be taught in an in-person, face-to-face format. This does not preclude the usage of digital enablements (e.g. Blackboard, Canvas, MyLabs).
Student capacity will be determined by the institution concerned in relationship to faculty and skills laboratory resources. However, there shall be a maximum enrollment of 25 students per class section.
Classroom assessment shall consist of a combination of several measures of learning such as active class participation, written papers, and graded class assignments. Students will be required to write a common examination at the end of the summer. Questions for the examination will be generated by faculty for each discipline: English, mathematics and reading. The examination is designed to evaluate program effectiveness as well as student learning. Results on the common examination will determine 25% of the student’s final grade in each course.
Learning Skills laboratory assessment shall include progress toward goals, active participation, completion of tasks, and accuracy of work.
Program expectations shall include academic honesty, daily attendance, full participation, completion of assignments, and appropriate classroom conduct. Students having three (3) unexcused absences in the Summer Developmental Program courses or in the Year- Long Academic Support Program will be dismissed from the university immediately. Excused and unexcused absences are determined by the institution in which the student is enrolled for the Summer Developmental Program. Students will be brought in for counseling immediately following each of the first two unexcused absences and dismissed from the university after the third..
Passing grades, Meaning of Grades and Grading scale:
A grade of “C” or above will be a passing grade. The standard for the passing grade “C” should mean that the student is ready for intermediate level algebra, intermediate-level reading, and intermediate-level English in the fall term with continued academic support.
Eligibility of Enrollment in Fall Semester Courses:
Students required to participate in the Summer Developmental Program who pass the subject area or areas in which they are enrolled as well as the learning skills laboratory with a grade of “C” or better are eligible for continued enrollment in an IHL university in the fall term with mandatory participation in the Year‐Long Academic Support Program. Students who fail to successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program are not eligible for enrollment in the regular academic year and will be counseled to explore other post‐secondary opportunities, including those offered by community colleges. (IHL Policy § 602.C.2).
Accuplacer Scores as part of statewide database:
Scores on the Accuplacer tests at all the eight universities will become part of a statewide database and distributed to all eight IHL institutions. Students will be tracked according to summer grades and ACCUPLACER scores.
Year Long Academic Support:
This program is designed to assist those students admitted with academic deficiencies, as well as other volunteer students, with their freshman courses (IHL Policy § 602.D.). Students who are required to enroll in one or more Summer Developmental Program courses and passed with a “C” or better must participate in the year-long Academic Support Program or some other IHL-recognized intervention strategy to promote success in the courses in which they are not fully prepared, according to ACT sub-scores and will not be permitted to take more than 17 hours. This course may carry credit similar to a freshman orientation course.
At Mississippi State University, the course entitled Developmental Studies Lab (LSK 0023), will carry three-credit hours per semester. This year-long academic support program will consist of computer-assisted learning in reading, English and mathematics; peer tutoring and counseling; learning skills development; and faculty instruction. The program carries institutional credit.*
*Institutional credit courses do not count toward graduation but carry all other academic requirements.