LSP: History of the Program
Formerly the Academic Development Program
About the History of the Learning Support Program
Tennessee Tech's Learning Support Program [formerly the Academic Development Program] began in 1985 as part of a mandate issued by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the governing body of Tennessee's 20 state-supported universities and community colleges that are not affiliated with the University of Tennessee system.
- The program was 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 (2,673) through MA, MBA, MED, MS (309), EDS (84).
- At the end of 2008, 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 became effective July 1, 2012.
- Based upon ACT scores and test scores from the COMPASS Placement Test, students may now be required to enroll in a section containing Learning Support in English, Reading, or Mathematics.