Students needing foundational skill building via Learning Support courses may be admitted to the college, provided they meet the minimum criteria for admissions based on placement test scores as established by the University System of Georgia. Though many students qualify to enroll in credit courses along with Learning Support courses, others need a broad spectrum of Learning Support instruction and counseling to prepare them before they enroll in regular college-level course work.
The Learning Support course offerings consist of two levels – Foundations level courses and corequisite level courses. In corequisite level courses, students take a Learning Support course at the same time as the first collegiate course. Therefore, a student may, for example, take ENGL 1101 (the first collegiate English course, called a “Gateway Course”) and ENGL 0999 (Corequisite support for Composition).
The Learning Support program provides a sequence of studies and academic support services. Consequently, a major purpose of the program is to assist students with developing their personal goals and appropriate curriculum plans. Special academic advisement and counseling are provided to speed the students' progress toward enrollment in college credit courses.
During each semester of enrollment, a Learning Support student must first register for all required Learning Support courses before being allowed to register for other classes. This requirement applies to full-time and part-time students.
Prerequisites for College-Level Classes
Specific placement or exit or exemption of Learning Support is required for students to be eligible to register for some courses. For example, a student cannot take a Social Science course and still need Foundations English - the student must place at corequisite level or above or have completed Foundations English. Students must exit or exempt Learning Support mathematics and English as a prerequisite for natural and physical science. Any science course with a prerequisite of college-level mathematics would also require exit or exemption from Learning Support mathematics. For specific course prerequisites, check the catalog course descriptions.
Students must be enrolled in required Learning Support courses before being allowed to take college-level coursework, and students may not accumulate more than 30 GPA hours of college-level credit before completing all Learning Support requirements.
Transfer students may earn up to 30 additional GPA hours of college-level credit beyond college credit transferred to GPC before being required to take Learning Support courses only.
Exiting Learning Support
To exit Learning Support, students must exempt or earn a "C" or better in ENGL 1101 and MATH 1001 (for Non-STEM Majors) or MATH 1111. Learning Support students who do not earn a "C" or better in their “gateway” course must repeat that course and it’s corequisite support class.
Students may take a maximum of two semesters in English and two semesters in mathematics. Attempts only apply to Foundations Learning Support Courses. The only grade that does not count as an attempt in a Learning Support course is "W."
Learning Support Suspension
Students who do not complete a Learning Support area (English or mathematics) in the maximum number attempts allowed in that area will be suspended from Georgia Perimeter College and all University System institutions for one year. Attempts are cumulative within the Regents' System.
Readmission from Learning Support Suspension
Students admitted to GPC after completing a one-year suspension from any University System of Georgia institution will be retested for placement in any unsatisfied Learning Support area and placed without a Learning Support requirement if they meet the institutional criteria for exemption. Students who do not exempt on the retest may be admitted to GPC for up to two additional attempts in mathematics and/or two in English. Students admitted under this provision are subject to the 30-hour limit on college-level coursework and may not take credit work if they have earned 30 credit hours during their previous period(s) of enrollment.
Students who are suspended from the institution and who attend a SACS-COC TCSG institution may be readmitted and satisfied of their Learning Support requirement based on exiting or exempting Learning Support at the technical school they attended. This can be done prior to the end of the one year suspension.
Students suspended from the institution without completing Learning Support requirements who do not attend a SACS-COC TCSG institution may be exempted from their Learning Support requirements through transfer of course credit of a “C” or better in college credit in the area(s) of suspension.