Developmental Education Policies

A number of policies guide the developmental education program at CCBC.

These include:

Assessment and placement policy

All certificate and degree-seeking students are required to have their skills assessed in reading, writing, and mathematics. Assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics is required at the time of entrance into the college, and students will not be permitted to register until they complete the assessment process. Placement tests are offered in designated centers on each campus. 

Students who place into academic literacy and/or developmental mathematics courses are required to register for each of these courses or their prerequisites beginning with their first semester at CCBC. They must continue to enroll in a course or courses from within the required developmental sequence(s) in academic literacy and/or math every semester until ENGL 101 and a general education math course are successfully completed. All students who place in developmental courses must work closely with an academic advisor to create a plan for enrolling in and completing required developmental courses.

Policy details: SAT scores and ACT scores may be used to make placement decisions.

English exemption
  • Writing SAT I score of 500 or above
  • Transferring 100-level English composition course equivalent to ENGL 101 (Note: Students must have earned a “C” to register for ENGL 102)
  • ACT – English score of 21 or above (not the combined English/writing score)
  • English Composition Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 4 or above

Reading exemption
  • Critical Reading SAT I score of 500 or above or Writing SAT I score of 500 or above
  • ACT – Reading score of 21 or above
  • Transferring two general education courses (no math or foreign language) with an average of "C" or better

Math exemption
  • Mathematics SAT I score of 500 or above
  • Transferring college level Mathematics course
  • ACT – Mathematics score of 21 or above
Students who provide documentation of the following test scores from other Maryland colleges may use them for placement into or out of developmental courses. These scores are are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Students whose scores are lower than those listed in the following chart have the option to retake the Accuplacer to place out of developmental courses in their respective disciplines.

 Accuplacer  Reading  79 or higher
 Accuplacer  English  90 or higher
 Accuplacer
 College Level Math  45 on College Level Math
Students may use previous college work to place out of developmental courses. This course work must be verified with a transcript. The following courses exempt a student from developmental course work.

 For Reading
Two general education courses (no math or foreign language) with an average of C or better
 For Math
 A math course at the academic level of MATH 163 - College Algebra, at CCBC or higher. MATH 083 placement will be made for general education math course not deemed equivalent or higher than MATH 163.
 For English
 English 101 - Must have earned credit for English 101

Continuous enrollment for developmental students policy

Students who place in academic literacy and/or developmental mathematics courses are required to register for each of these courses or their prerequisites within their first semester. They must continue to enroll in a course or courses from within the required developmental sequence(s) in academic literacy and/or developmental math every semester until all required developmental courses for their program are successfully completed. All students who place in developmental courses must work closely with an academic advisor or career coordinator to create a plan for enrolling in and completing required developmental courses.

Course repeat policy

Students may be restricted from registering for a course for a third or subsequent attempt. When a student repeats a course, only the higher grade is computed into the Quality Point Average (QPA). All grades will remain on a student's transcript. Before a student is permitted to register for a course for a third or subsequent attempt, the student must have the permission of the academic dean (or his/her designee) responsible for the course. To pick up a permission to repeat packet, please go to the Student Success Center on your campus.

Developmental co-requisites and prerequisites

Effective for fall 2016, CCBC will no longer offer ENGL 051, ENGL 052, MATH 073, RDNG 051, or RDNG 052.  The following classes will be offered:

  • ACLT 052 - 0 Credits - 5 billable hours - Academic Literacy I
  • ACLT 053 - 0 Credits - 3 billable hours - Academic Literacy II
  • MATH 081 - 0 Credits - 3 billable hours - Pre-Algebra
  • MATH 082 - 0 Credits - 3 billable hours - Introductory Algebra
  • MATH 083 - 0 Credits - 3 billable hours - Intermediate Algebra

 

Note: Most credit courses, including general education requirements, have developmental course prerequisites. Refer to the course descriptions in the CCBC Course Catalog and schedule to determine prerequisites. Students will be blocked from registering for courses for which they do not have a sufficient placement score or documentation of completion of prerequisites.

Minimum skills policy

Math
Students who assess below the minimum skills required for MATH 081 will be referred to the Comprehensive Math Skills Review program offered through Continuing Education and Economic Development (CEED). Upon successful completion of the course, students may enroll in Math 081.

Academic Literacy
Students who assess below the minimum skills required for developmental reading may need to complete and provide documentation of 60 hours of literacy instruction with a community-based facility or an approved Community College of Baltimore County Continuing Education program, if eligible. Students also have the option of retesting after a two-year wait period. Please contact the campus Coordinator of Academic Support for more information.

Placement appeals policies

If you aren’t satisfied with your initial score, you may retake the ACCUPLACER placement test. CCBC will use your highest score so there is no harm in retesting. In fact, we recommend that you retest.

If after retesting you are still not satisfied with your scores, ask your academic advisor for more information on other options.