Learning Support Program
TTU's Learning Support Program [formerly the Academic Development Program] is housed on the first floor of Matthews Hall, which is located beside the University Police Station, West 8th Street on TTU's campus in Cookeville, Tennessee: campus map
The Learning Support Program at Tennessee Technological University began in 1985 as part of a mandate issued by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the governing body of Tennessee's twenty state-supported universities and community colleges that are not affiliated with the University of Tennessee system. The program is designed to bridge the gap between "academically underprepared students and the level of academic competency needed for success in collegiate studies" (Mission Statement, 1993). Of the 10,614 1st-time freshmen enrolled in one or more developmental classes at TTU from Fall 1986 through Spring 2008, TTU has awarded 3,185 degrees, ranging from AAS/AS (119) to BA, BFA, BM, BS, BSI (2673) through MA, MBA, MED, MS (309), EDS (84). At the end of 2008S, 25.20% of these 10,000+ students have received bachelor’s degrees, 3.70% a masters or higher.
From 1985 to 2003, TTU offered both remedial and developmental-level courses. In 2003, the TBR instructed universities to stop offering remedial-level classes, which would only be offered by community colleges. In 2010 the Tennessee State Legislature decided that universities should no longer offer courses that carry less-than-college-level credit. The law becomes effective 1 July 2012. Based upon ACT scores and test scores from the COMPASS Placement Test * (COMPASS), students may now be required to enroll in a section containing Learning Support in English, Reading, or Mathematics.
If you have been placed in developmental classes based upon your ACT scores, you may take the COMPASS Placement Exam to attempt to place into college-level classes. If you have already taken the COMPASS Exam and still have developmental requirements, there is a way for you to remain at TTU and get the assistance you need. If your requirement is for
1. .Developmental Math [DSPM0800 and/or DSPM0850]: If your major requires an algebra-based math course, register for MATH1000 Transitional Algebra. This course will provide the algebra background you need for college-level algebra-based math while giving you the learning support that you need to be successful. If your major requires only MATH1010, MATH1530, or MATH1410, register for one of the designated sections of that class and learning support will be provided as part of the course.
2. Developmental Reading [DSPR0800]: Register for READ1010 College Reading Improvement [lecture and lab]. This course is open to anyone who needs [or would like] to improve reading skills in preparation for the rigors of reading and understanding college-level textbooks. If your ACT-Reading sub score is less than 17, you will also need to register for READ1100 Writing and Reading Learning Support Lab.
3. Developmental Writing [DSPW0800]: Register for ENGL1010; however, you will also need to register for READ1100 Writing and Reading Learning Support Lab.
The Learning Support Program main office is located in Matthews Hall, room 153.
* For students wishing to challenge their ACT placement, the COMPASS Placement Exam will be offered on the 1st day of each SOAR [Student Orientation and Registration session]. Students requesting to take the exam should contact us at 372-3476 to register for the test. There is a $10 fee for any or all parts of the test [the fee goes to $20 for a retest]. The fee is payable by cash or check during check-in for COMPASS which begins at 8:30 in Matthews Hall 153. The test itself is scheduled to begin at 9 am. Since the test is computer adaptive and computer scored, test results are available by the time students finish the test. For more information about COMPASS, see http://www.tntech.edu/learningsupport/compassform/. Diagnostic testing will be used to determine the amount of learning support students will be required to attend.