2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 24, 2021  
2012-2013 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Developmental Programs

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Developmental Mathematics
(901) 333-4474 • Fax (901) 333-4537

Developmental Reading and Writing
(901) 333-5208 • Fax (901) 333-5212

The Developmental Math Department and the Developmental Reading and Writing Departments offer basic and developmental courses that prepare students for college-level courses. Based on ACT sub scores or COMPASS/ASSET test scores, some students may be required to enroll in these courses. Students may enroll in college-level courses while taking developmental studies courses but should select courses that do not require skills in which they are currently deficient.

The Developmental Math and Writing Program at Southwest follows the A-100 Guidelines of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).


Placement into Developmental Math (DSPM), Developmental Reading (DSPR) and Developmental Writing (DSPW) is based on the same guidelines for all Tennessee Board of Regents institutions. Students under 21 years of age are placed according to a valid ACT subscore in mathematics, reading and English. Students 21 years or older are most often placed according to their scores on an appropriate placement test. If valid ACT subscores are available, they can be used for placement.

If a student wants to challenge his or her initial placement, an alternative test is available. The challenge of placement in mathematics must be done before enrolling in the first DSP course in the subject area. Contact the Testing Center at either the Macon Cove Campus, (901) 333-4170, or the Union Avenue Campus, (901) 333-5127, to make an appointment for the appropriate challenge test. A fee is charged for the test. For additional information regarding DSPM placement, contact the Mathematics Department, (901) 333-4474. For additional information regarding DSPR or DSPW placement, contact the Languages and Literature Department, (901) 333-5208.

Class Attendance

Students in basic and developmental courses are expected to attend every scheduled class regularly and punctually. If an illness or emergency results in an absence, the responsibility for determining the extent of what has been missed and for making up all assigned work rests with the student. Absences may adversely affect the course grade or may result in a grade of “F” for the course.


Minimum standards for successful completion of basic or developmental courses will be a grade of “C.” All credit hours earned in courses designated as basic or developmental will be in addition to the hours required for degrees or certificates.

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