LSP: History of the Program

History of the Learning Support 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.
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