College Readiness Coursework
The college readiness coursework program is intended for students with modest skill gaps in math and English. Students who successfully complete college readiness coursework while in high school can avoid remedial coursework at South Dakota's technical colleges and Board of Regents institutions, saving both time and money.
In the fall, public school juniors and seniors will receive information in the mail about the college readiness coursework program. Coursework is offered through Lake Area Technical College and Northern State University E-Learning Center.
College readiness coursework is for students with modest skill gaps in math and English. The program is recommended for juniors and seniors who meet at least one of the following:
|**If students retake the ACT and meet the threshold for BOR acceptance, they do not need remedial coursework.|
Department of Education college readiness coursework is offered through Lake Area Technical College. The Board of Regents offers a related program in math with slightly different eligibility requirements through the Northern State University E-Learning Center.
|Lake Area Technical College||Northern State University E-Learning Center|
For seniors who have modest skill gaps in math and EnglishMath:
For juniors and seniors who are college-bound and want to take College Algebra in a supportive environment in high school.
Successful completion of first semester, guarantees students a seat in the second semester HSDC College Algebra course with the same teacher and at the same time.
|Course format||Students complete coursework on their own time
||Year-long with coursework embedded into the student's school day. Each week during the semester scheduled as follows:
|After completing the course||
Earning a qualifying Accuplacer assessment score allows students to place directly into credit-bearing math or ELA coursework at any South Dakota public university or technical college.
Passing a course allows students to place directly into a credit-bearing math or ELA course at Lake Area Technical College.
Students will earn three college credits in College Algebra (MATH 114)
|Availability||Department of Education funds will pay for a total of 80 students per school year|
|Cost||$615 up front, with reimbursement after completion of the course||No cost to students or school districts for first semester coursework. Second semester coursework requires HSDC tuition ($144.99).*
*Scholarships available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch or who are first-generation college students.
|Registration||Students must register for the coursework via their local school district.||Students must register for the first semester course via their local school district. Students will register for the second semester course via the Northern State University dual credit webpage.|
|High school credit||It is a local decision for school districts to offer these courses for a half credit of elective math using course code 02138 or elective ELA using course code 99999.||Successful completion of year-long coursework fulfills one high school math unit. First semester using Math for College Readiness course code 02138. Second semester using HSDC College Algebra (MATH 114) coding.|
|Questions from school districts||Contact Vera Van Winkle with the South Dakota Department of Education or Lee Quale at Lake Area Technical College.||Contact Mary Cundy at Northern State University.