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Career & College Promise

College Transfer Pathway 

Revised 03.27.2014

Who's Eligible

To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a high school junior or senior;
  • Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses;
  • Demonstrate college readiness on an approved assessment or placement test. A student must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway. (Approved assessments/scores and tests/scores are at the bottom of this page.)

Beginning with the 2012 fall semester, a student who does not demonstrate college readiness on an approved assessment or test may be provisionally enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway.

To be eligible for provisional enrollment, a high school student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a high school junior or senior;
  • Have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5 on high school courses;
  • Have completed two years of high school English with a grade of "C" or higher in both English classes;
  • Have completed high school Algebra II (or a higher level math class) with a grade of "C" or higher;
  • Obtain the written approval for provisional enrollment from the high school principal or his/her designee; and
  • Obtain the written approval for provisional enrollment from the community college president or his/her designee.

NOTE:  A provisional student may register only for college mathematics (MAT) and college English (ENG) courses within the chosen Pathway.  To be eligible to register for other courses in the Pathway, the student must first successfully complete the mathematics and English courses in the chosen pathway with a grade of "C" or higher.

To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

  • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.

A student must enroll in one College Transfer Pathway and may not substitute courses in one pathway for courses in another.

A student may change his or her College Transfer Pathway with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator.

With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator, a student who completes the Career and College Promise College Transfer Pathway Leading to Associate in Arts or the Career and College Promise College Transfer Pathway Leading to Associate in Science while still enrolled in high school may continue to earn college transfer credits leading to the completion of the 45-hour Universal General Education Transfer Component of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

With approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator, a student may enroll in both a College Transfer Pathway and a Career Technical Education pathway.  Effective 2013 fall semester, a student may concurrently enroll in two Career Technical Education pathways provided the exception has been approved by the high school principal or his/her designee and college's Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee.

Approved assessments and placement tests and scores:

PSAT Scores revised 09.13.2013

ACT Reading Score revised 12.18.2013

PLAN Reading Score revised 03.27.2014

Assessment/ Test PLAN PSAT Asset (NCCCS Cut Score) COMPASS (NCCCS Cut Score) Accuplacer (NCCCS Cut Score)
English 15 45 41 Writing
70 Writing
86 Sentence Skills
Reading 18 47 41 Reading
81 Reading
80 Reading
Math 19 47 41 Numerical Skills & 41 Int. Algebra
47 Pre-Algebra & 66 Algebra
55 Arithmetic & 75 Elem. Algebra


In addition to the diagnostic assessments, colleges may use the following SAT and ACT scores recommended by the testing companies as benchmarks for college readiness:

SAT 
ACT 
English 500   English 18
Critical Reading
500   Reading 22
Mathematics 500   Mathematics 22

NOTE:  Eligibility may be demonstrated by achieving the required scores on a single test or by combining test scores from any of the approved assessments.  Students may take the COMPASS Placement Test at CVCC only once during each high school semester.  There must be a minimum of 80 school days of academic instruction before compass re-testing. 

 
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