May 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Learning Support

Freshmen and Transfer Freshmen Applicants who do not meet KSU’s Freshman Index Cut-Score, Non-Traditional (Adult Learner) students, and identified Talented Students who are admitted to KSU with Learning Support requirements will be served through designated KSU/GHC Enrollment Pathways. The Office of the Registrar will facilitate enrollment to Learning Support courses for these student populations. 

Grades received in learning support courses (0989, 00998, 0999) are not included in the calculation of a student’s grade point average (Institutional or cumulative). Failing grades in these courses will be considered for the purpose of determining satisfactory progress.

Learning Support Attempts and Exit

  1. An attempt is defined as an institutional credit course in which a student receives any grade or symbol except “W” or “WM.”
  2. If students do not complete requirements for Foundations-level mathematics in two attempts, they will be suspended for a calendar year. Suspended students may be considered for readmission before the end of one year if they can provide evidence that they have taken measures to improve their skills.
  3. Students who have been suspended from the institution without completing Learning Support requirements may complete their Learning Support requirements and additional collegiate-level work at SACSCOC-accredited TCSG institutions during the year of suspension. 
  4. There are no limits on attempts in corequisite Learning Support courses. However, students who have accumulated a maximum of 30 semester hours of college-level credit at KSU and have not successfully completed required Learning Support courses may enroll only in Learning Support courses until requirements are successfully completed. Students with transfer credit or credit earned in a certificate or prior degree program who are required to take Learning Support courses for their current degree objectives may earn up to 30 additional hours of college-level credit. After earning the additional hours, such students may enroll in Learning Support courses only.
  5. Students will exit Learning Support by successfully passing (as defined by the Institution) the corresponding Area A collegiate-level course.

Students engaged in degree-credit courses before the completion of their learning support requirements will be subject to the requirements of satisfactory scholarship in both types of courses simultaneously. Once the learning support requirements are met, students academic standing will be judged solely on the basis of their Institutional grade point average for degree credit courses.

Mathematics Placement Policy

Students seeking to enroll in the following courses without taking pre-requisite courses may do so under the following conditions: 

MATH 1113    
  • High school GPA ≥ 2.8 AND
  • ACT math score ≥ 23 or SAT math score ≥ 570 (540 if taken prior to March 2016)


MATH 1190  
  • High school GPA ≥ 3.2 AND
  • ACT math score ≥ 26 or SAT math score ≥ 620 (600 if taken prior to March 2016)


MATH 1160  
  • High school GPA ≥ 3.2 AND
  • ACT math score ≥ 26 or SAT math score ≥ 620 (600 if taken prior to March 2016)


Faculty Curriculum Development Policies

Policy on Course Cross-Leveling

A cross-leveled course is a course that is offered by departments across numbers and/or level. The two courses that are cross-leveled are owned by the same department. It must have documentation with the Office of the Registrar and a proper description in the course catalog. (Requests for policy exceptions may be submitted to UPCC and/or GPCC.)

  1. Cross-leveled courses are limited to the following two course pairs: 1) undergraduate upper division course/graduate course, and 2) graduate course/doctoral course. 9000 level, special topics, directed study, thesis, internships, practica, and dissertation courses may not be cross-leveled.
  2. Cross-leveled courses must be supported by a rationale for combining students of different levels.
  3. Cross-leveled courses must ensure there is a clear distinction between the requirements of undergraduate and graduate students or graduate and doctoral students, with more advanced course work for the higher level degree program. This will be demonstrated in two different syllabi that include, but are not limited to, different objectives, assessments and/or outcomes.
  4. Cross-leveled courses at the graduate level must be taught by faculty with graduate faculty status.
  5. Sections of cross-leveled courses must share the same modality.

Zero-credit Hour Policy

Zero-credit courses allow students the opportunity to engage in innovative experiences beyond designated credit hours of a program. Programs may develop zero-credit courses for internships, participation in research, experiential learning, career preparation, international education, teaching assistantships, or other enhanced learning experiences for a major. Zero-credit courses may serve as pre-requisites for other courses.

Courses offered for zero-credits must be approved through the regular KSU curriculum approval process. Zero-credit courses are offered for no credit and do not incur tuition or university fee charges; however, course fees may apply. Zero-credit courses have satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading and will be reflected on a student’s transcript but will not be included in a student’s GPA. These courses must have an instructor of record and a syllabus with all required elements. Courses developed for zero-credit must not exceed 45 experiential hours or 15 contact hours and must recognize faculty workload through teaching or service. Programs must limit the number of zero-credit courses required to prevent overburdening of the students and the faculty/staff. These courses are not required to adhere to the curricular calendar and may be offered at any point during the year.

Zero-credit courses already in the catalog are exempt from this policy. As with all courses, if a course change is pursued, it is reconsidered under current policies. Exceptions to this policy will be considered if a justification is included in the proposal for curriculum committee review.