Developmental Education at Lawson State Community College

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The Developmental Education Department  of Lawson State Community College is a Title III sponsored program designed to support both General Education, Health Professions and Career Technical Education students required to take either ENG101 and MTH100 as part of their course completion program.  In order to take either course, students MUST score (via Compass or the ACT Test) a minimum score.  If not, the student will be placed in a developmental education course which remediates the student on specific skills.  Developmental courses, then, serve as pre-requisite courses prior to taking college level courses.  Developmental courses are directly tied to student success.  Meaning, data shows that students who pass developmental classes experience positive outcomes in their college level courses.  They tend to pass their college level courses with higher grades and are retained in their classes more successfully.    

Developmental Team

Dr. Sherri Davis, Developmental Director, Academic Dean and CTEL Director
Dr. Charles Fowler, Mathematics & Developmental Mathematics Chairperson
Mrs. V. Masimasi, English and Developmental English Chairperson
Mrs. Sandra O. Hall, English Instructor
Mr. Jeff Harris, Math Instructor & SSS Math Tutor
Mr. Weymon Holloway, Math Instructor & Honors College Director
Ms. Aisha B. Lewis, Math Instructor
Mr. Shelly Millender III, English  & FAME Instructor
Dr. Ann Swanberg, English & FAME Instructor
*Ms. Mavis Brown, Math Instructor and Tutor
*Mr. James Brazzill, Math Instructor and Tutor
*Ms. Marilyn Congress, English Instructor and Tutor
*Mr. Jason Davidson, Math Instructor and Tutor
*Ms. Eva Howard, English Tutor & FAME Instructor
*Mrs. Joyce French, English Instructor and Tutor
*Ms. Arlene Godwin, Developmental Tutor & Dev. English Instructor
*Ms. Donna Lucas, English Instructor and Tutor
*Mrs. Margaret Mankowich, English Instructor and Tutor
*Mr. Charles Morris, Math Instructor and Tutor
*Ms. Tineka Peoples, English Instructor
*Ms. Marilyn Spencer, English Instructor and Tutor
*Ms. Candace Thompson, English Instructor and Tutor
*Mr. Emmit Stallworth, Math Instructor and Tutor

*Indicates the employee is a celebrated adjunct faculty member at Lawson State

Developmental Levels 

Depending on your ACT scores, high school GPA and performance in Algebra II and English IV (in high school), or your performance on Accuplacer (college level placement exam),  you can either test completely out of developmental or you can place in one of the following levels.  All developmental classes have a required lab.  High school scores and ACT scores cannot be older than 5 years old, if trying to place out of Developmental Studies.  If the scores are older, the student will have to take the Accuplacer exam for placement.

  • English II (ENG093):  This level indicates that the student needs help with basic essay writing as well as grammar, usage and syntax.  This course comes with a required 1-credit lab.
  • Intermediate Algebra (MTH098):  This level indicates that the student needs remediation in pre-algebra and algebra skills to include quadratic equations, foil and more.  This course comes with a required 1-credit lab.
Note:  Students exiting developmental education will continue to take a 1-credit lab when they enroll in ENG101 and MTH100.

Readiness Testing

All students exiting developmental studies MUST pass a Readiness Exam with a grade of 70% or higher.  This exam is given at the end of  developmental English classes and throughout various stages of development in developmental math classes.

Developmental Courses and Transferability

Developmental courses are NOT transferable.  They are designed with only one mission in mind.  They are pre-requisites for students to gain entrance into their college level courses.  So, while you cannot transfer these courses nor do they help with your GPA, they do help you to gain access into courses that you will need to graduate.
Can Failing a Developmental Course Hurt Your GPA?
No.  Failing a developmental course cannot hurt your GPA; however, failing such a course does have other negative consequences.  It is can slow down your progression through your degree plan.  It can interfere with your graduation progress, and it can ultimately stop you from taking your English or math major courses.

Can I Test Out of Developmental Classes?

Keep in mind that students are NOT placed in developmental courses.  You TEST into developmental classes or are placed in due to your performance on the ACT or your academic performance in high school.  Meaning, if you have been slotted to take a developmental class, you actually placed yourself in a developmental class.  There are two ways to advancing out of a developmental class (and both are based on your demonstrating competency).

1.  During the first week of your developmental class, your instructor will give you a diagnostic test.  If you score a "B" or above, then you eligible to take a Readiness Exam.  If you pass the Readiness Exam, with a grade of "C" or better, you can move to the next developmental level or out of Developmental Education altogether, depending upon what class you are taking.

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