CSN is an open access institution and any adult can apply for admission and enroll in classes. CSN treats students ethically, respectfully and professionally in the marketing, recruiting and admissions process so that students can make an informed enrollment decision without being subjected to high-pressure tactics from the institution or a related contractor.
Students wishing to enroll at CSN must complete an admission application, which includes a $20.00 non-refundable fee. The admission application are broken down by category; To apply to the College of Southern Nevada go to our website at www.csn.edu, click on “Apply.” Once you have been admitted you will receive two emails, one with your student number (Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) ID) and a second one with information on how to activate your student account. The admission notification will provide the next steps of the enrollment process.
Those applicants who are specifically seeking a degree or certificate of achievement and are applying for federal financial aid must have a high school diploma recognized by the Department of Education from their respective state of graduation, its equivalent, or be a qualified international student to be admitted to CSN. Please contact a CSN Testing Center at www.csn.edu/testing for information about GED test. High School Equivalency (HSE) test preparation, as well as the alternative HiSET test, is offered at CSN through the Division of Workforce and Economic Development www.csn.edu/workforce-development.
- High school students who are 16 years old, and are juniors or seniors, may be admitted and may enroll at CSN, subject to the approval of appropriate high school and college officials. Non Degree-Seeking Students – Personal Enrichment – students that are not seeking a degree but are interested in taking classes for personal enrichment or career skill enhancement. Students under this category will not be eligible for financial aid, or veteran benefits.
- Apprenticeship Students - students selected by the registered apprenticeship programs
- International Students - international students who need a CSN-I-20 to obtain an F-1 visa.
- Veteran Students - students that previously were in active duty in the armed forces. .05
The Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) mandates that CSN must randomly select 10% of all newly admitted students to verify high school or GED/HiSET completion every semester. Students that do not respond to the high school diploma/GED/HiSET verification audit will be changed from Degree Certificate-Seeking (DCS) to Degree- Seeking Non- Financial Aid Eligible (DGNFA) effective the following semester.
Admission to CSN implies general admission only and does not constitute admission to programs designated as limited entry. Acceptance to limited entry programs will be contingent upon fulfillment of conditions specified by the requirements of each program. Admission to CSN does not guarantee financial aid eligibility. Current federal, state and institutional regulations and policies regarding financial aid and eligibility requirements are available at www.csn.edu/financial-aid.
Student enrollment is determined by the Office of the Registrar based on the number of credits they have completed. This calculation is freshman: 29 credits or less, sophomore: 30-59 credits, junior 60-89 credits (limited entry bachelors); senior: 90 or more credits (limited entry bachelors).
Full-time and Part-time Students
- Students who register for at least 12 credits are defined as full-time.
- Students who register for at least 9 credits but no more than 11.5 credits are defined as three-quarter time.
- Students who register for at least 6 credits but no more than 8.5 credits are defined as half-time.
- Students who register for 5 or fewer credits are defined as less than half-time.
Current High School Student
CSN offers a number of unique programs for qualified high school students. Some programs allow high school students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. High school students should check with their school counselor regarding necessary enrollment forms. Unless students are 18 years old, parental permission is required for all programs. Many programs require that students pay college tuition or take a placement test. The unique programs for high school students include:
College of Southern Nevada High School: This CCSD dual credit program provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to attend high school on our college campuses. Students take their core high school classes with high school instructors while pursuing any of the CSN degree programs at the same time.
Students graduate from Clark County School District with all of the available diploma opportunities and have the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree. This is an application program with a limited enrollment on each campus site.
CTE College Credit: CTE College Credit is a program that provides students the opportunity to apply for college credit within approved and articulated high school CTE (career and technical education) programs at no cost—FREE. CTE programs are a sequence of high school elective classes (generally three years), taught at the high school, by high school teachers, following high school curriculum.
There are over 40 CTE programs approved for CSN college credit. The articulated credit granted is designed to give students a head start on their pathway towards completing requirements within an industry certification, CSN certificate of achievement or CSN associates degree, or transfer credit. CTE College Credit allows students to save money and time by not having to repeat similar college coursework, and places them one-step closer to postsecondary program completion.
To qualify for CTE College Credit, students must:
- Earn a 3.0 GPA in an articulated CTE program sequence;
- Example: Criminal Justice I, Criminal Justice II, and Criminal Justice III
- Pass the State End-of-Program Assessment; and
- Pass the State Workplace Readiness Assessment.
For complete program information please visit the program webpage at www.csn.edu/CTE.
Jumpstart Concurrent Enrollment Program: Provides high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credit for a reduced fee of only $50 per course, plus a technology fee of $6.50 per credit. The Jumpstart college courses are taught by certified high school instructors and are taught at the high school during the high school day. The CSN admissions fee is waived for students participating in the Jumpstart Program, and Jumpstart students are eligible to receive all student services provided by the college including: in-depth academic planning, counseling, student advising, on-line services, tutoring, use of CSN Writing Centers and career exploration and planning. The Jumpstart Concurrent Enrollment Office can be reached by calling 702-651-3179 or by visiting the program webpage www.csn.edu/jumpstart.
First Year Experience (FYE) is a holistic experience of support, connection, and welcome for all new first-year students and families connecting students to peers, the CSN community, campus resources and a network for overall success. New students move through the FYE with innovative and impactful programming including New Student Orientation events, FYE traditions, Peer Leader connections, and overall programming and support for academic and social engagement in the college community. For more information, visit the webpage at:https://www.csn.edu/fye
As the important “launch point” to the FYE@CSN, New Student Orientation is an important first stop to connecting new students to CSN. Orientation familiarizes new students to CSN’s community engagement opportunities, academic programs, advising services, course scheduling, online learning, support resources, policies, and financial aid. With one focus on academic engagement, orientation helps new students plan for their academic goals and get off to a good start on their Coyote pathway towards completion. Orientation creates important opportunities to connect with other students, faculty, and staff establishing an early network for success! To successfully complete the CSN “First Steps” to success, new students are required to complete orientation prior to the advising & class registration process.
Orientation is available in multiple ways to meet the needs of all new students. CSN offers in-person (C.O.R.E.) and online orientation, a critical first step to success at CSN offering tools and connections to support all students.
The In-Person C.O.R.E., highly encouraged for all new students, is offered at all three main campuses. It combines a comprehensive introduction to the CSN community including support services, policies, social engagement and the advising and registration process. In-person student orientations are offered only in May, June, July, August, in preparation for the Fall semester, and mid-year events offered in January in preparation for the Spring semester. To register for an in-person student orientation visithttps://www.csn.edu/orientation
The Online New Student Orientation is highly encouraged for all new students offering valuable and comprehensive information as students join the CSN community! Students are encouraged to complete both the online orientation and attend the in-person orientation to maximize all opportunities for a successful transition to CSN. The online new student orientation provides a great foundation of information regarding academic, community engagement, transfer and career services, support services, and more. The online new student orientation is available 24/7 and is accessible by logging into your GoCSN account and selecting the New Student Orientation tile.
New Transfer Student Orientation is an incredible opportunity for new transfer students to connect with the CSN community. The new transfer student orientation will include a transfer specific introduction to the CSN community, key resources in place for transfer success, and connection opportunities with FYE Peer Leaders and other transfer students. New Transfer Student Orientation events occur in January and August of each academic year.
Once a student has been admitted to CSN he/she may register for classes online via MyCSN at www.csn.edu or in person at the Office of the Registrar at any of the three main campuses.
Registration for full-term classes must be completed by the end of the first week of the semester. Registration for short-term/summer classes must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on the day before the session begins (as defined in the Academic Calendar).
- Exceptions to the registration deadline are limited to:
- Courses for which the course catalog notes a prerequisite AND specifies that the permission of the instructor and/or department chair and/or program director is required.
- Courses requiring auditions or try-outs.
- Courses in the Jumpstart (dual enrollment with high school) program or courses designated in a Memorandum of Understanding.
- Students dropped due to DOCUMENTED CSN ERRORS.
- Courses that were cancelled within 6 days of the start of the session.
- Exceptions require permission of appropriate instructor(s) and the department chair. The approval can be done via email or official form. The student must be enrolled in the class by the end of the first week of the session.
- Course registration waitlist will be functional during the first week of the fall and spring semesters.
PLEASE NOTE: Before withdrawing from a course, students are strongly encouraged to discuss their decisions with an academic counselor, academic adviser or success coach. Students receiving financial aid should check with the Financial Aid Department since these decisions may affect a student’s financial aid awards and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status.
- Instructors do not have the option of withdrawing students. The student must receive a grade of A through D-, F, Pass or I if still on the roster after the 60% point in the session (refers to the length of the session in days, not the number of assignments or percentage of points earned) Refer to the Academic Calendar for the last day to drop date
- CSN administration may withdraw a student at any time during the session for just cause including, but not limited to, failure to pay for the course and violations of the Student Conduct Code.
- Students with documented exceptional circumstances may follow the grade change process to request a grade change to W.
- Students may withdraw from a course with a grade of W during the first 60% of a session, measured by time, not assignments. If the withdrawal occurs during the refund period, the class will not appear on the student’s transcript. When withdrawing from the class, the official withdrawal date is the date processed by the Office of the Registrar, not the date last attended, unless the two dates coincide.
- In order to adhere to financial aid guidelines, at the end of the second week of the semester or summer session, the instructor submits to the Office of the Registrar the names of students who have not participated at all in the course. Participation is defined by the U.S. Department of Education to mean physically attending a class with direct interaction between the instructor and students and/or submitting an academic assignment and/or taking an exam, interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction and/or attending a study group assigned by the institution and/or participating in an on-line discussion about academic matters and/or initiating contact with the faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.
To audit a course means the student will enroll in the course but receive no credit or grade.
- Federal financial aid will not pay for audited courses, and students should not include aid for audited courses in their financial planning.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) related to federal financial aid takes attempted credits into consideration when assessing a student’s ongoing eligibility for federal financial aid. Credit-to-Audit conventions are counted among “attempted” credits but not as “completed” credits for financial aid purposes.
Students are strongly advised to consult with an academic counselor or advisor and the Financial Aid Department, if the student receives financial aid PRIOR to making any course registration changes.
- Except for programs with applicable limitations (such as limited-entry or specialized accreditation), a student may elect to audit a course.
- A student must pay the normal registration fees for audited courses.
- Audited courses will NOT be counted as part of the academic load when full-time or part-time status is reported, for any reason, to any internal or external office or agency; this includes, by way of example only, the Financial Aid Department, Social Security Administration, Veteran’s Administration, employers and others.
Course Auditing Procedures
- To audit a course, a student must register for the course and pay the regular fees (and tuition, if applicable).
- Credit to Audit: To change the status of a course from credit to audit, a student must come to the Office of the Registrar and complete the Auditing Classes form change on or before the last day to withdraw. Students must sign a statement acknowledging the consequences of their decision.
- Students cannot change their status from audit to credit.
To request enrollment verification, students must go to MyCSN after the start of a semester. The student’s social security number must be in the system to access the online enrollment verification. Enrollment verification is free.
- The normal class hour load for full-time undergraduate students who are not on academic suspension is 12-19 credit hours each semester. Only students with a CSN grade point average of B (3.0) or higher may enroll for more than 19 hours. The table below shows the maximum credit hours an undergraduate student can enroll for depending on academic standing.
|Academic Standing||Fall / Spring Semester||Summer Term|
- Requests for more than 19 credit hours
(12 in the summer) require written approval from any of the following individuals – Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs or Associate Vice President of Advising Counseling, and First Year Experience. Approval must be obtained before registering.
- The recommended maximum credits under CSN policy is 19 per regular semester and 12 per summer. To be approved for 19-21 credits, students must have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher and receive approval from one of the individuals listed above. To register for 22 or more credits, the student must have written permission from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
- If a student has outstanding incomplete grades, they cannot exceed 19 credits in regular semester or 12 credits in summer.
- Students can download the “Credit Overload Request” form on our website at https://www.csn.edu/registrarforms or pick one up at any of our three main campuses.
It is important for students to declare the appropriate major in order to receive accurate advising, avoid taking unnecessary course(s) which may result in excess credit fees, and to ensure timely graduation from CSN. NOTE: Processed declaration of major changes become official and reflect on the student’s record on the first day of the next semester following submission.
Changing From One Major to Another
To change from one program of study or major to another, including from self-enrichment/non-degree seeking to degree-seeking and vice versa, you must do so online from your MyCSN portal. Effective Fall 2018, students will only be allowed to have one declared specific major at a time. Exceptional cases will be consider for students requesting more than one major with the appropriate approval. The Request for Multiple Majors form can be obtain from the Office of the Registrar.
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Advanced placement and/or credit may be granted to entering students who have achieved appropriate scores on one or more of the Advanced Placement Tests offered by the College Entrance Examination Board, which may apply towards required credits for a degree. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.
|Advanced Placement Subjects:||Scores:|
|Art – AP Art History Test|
|Art for non-Art Majors only (3 credits)||3-5|
|Art – AP Art Studio Drawing Test|
|ART 101 (3 credits)||3-5|
|Art – AP Art Portfolio Test|
|Art for non-Art Majors only (3 credits)||3-5|
|Art – AP Studio Art:2-D Design Test|
|Biological Sciences – AP Biology Test|
BIOL 189 (no lab)
This course will show as a BIOL LELC on your transfer credit report. Please contact the Biological Sciences Department directly at (702) 651-7324 to arrange the lab component which will complete BIOL 189.
BIOL 190 after department chair evaluation (3 credits no lab)
This course will show as a BIOL LELC on your transfer credit report. Please contact the Biological Sciences Department directly at (702) 651-7324 to arrange the lab component which will complete BIOL 190.
|Chemistry – AP Chemistry Science Test|
CHEM 121 (3 credits no lab)
This course will show as a CHEM LELC on your transfer credit report. Please contact the Physical Sciences Department directly at (702) 651-7517 to arrange the lab component which will complete CHEM 121.
These courses will show as a CHEM LELC on your transfer credit report. Please contact the Physical Sciences Department directly at (702) 651-7517 to arrange the lab component which will complete CHEM 121 and CHEM 122.
|Economics – AP Macroeconomics Test|
|General Electives (3 credits)||3|
|ECON 103 (3 credits)|| |
|Economics – AP Microeconomics Test|
|General Electives (3 credits)||3|
|ECON 102 (3 credits)||3-5|
|English – AP Composition/Literature Test|
|ENG 101 (3 credits) and ENG 102 (3 credits)||3-5|
|English – AP Language/Composition Test|
|ENG 101 (3 credits)||3|
|Environmental Science – AP Environmental Science|
|ENV 101 (3 credits)||3|
|Foreign Language – AP Language and Culture Test|
|Equivalent to 111 Placement in 112 (4 credits)||3|
|Equivalent to 111 and 112;|
|Placement in 226 (8 credits)||4-5|
|History – AP American History Test|
|HIST 101 or HIST 102 (3 credits)||3|
|HIST 101 and HIST 102 (6 credits)||4-5|
|(Both cases include the U.S. Constitution requirement)|
|(Both cases include the NV Constitution requirement if taken at Nevada high schools, otherwise student will receive U.S. Constitution credit ONLY)|
|History – AP European History Test|
|HIST 106 (3 credits)||3|
|HIST 106 plus 3 credits (6 credits)||3-5|
|(Both cases exclude the U.S. Constitution requirement)|
|Mathematics – AP Calculus Test|
|AB Mathematics MATH 181 (4 credits)||3-5|
|BC Mathematics MATH 182 (4 credits)||3-5|
|Music – AP Music Theory Test 3-5|
|Physics – AP Physics Test 1: Algebra-Based Test|
|Science (3 credits)||3|
PHYS 151 (3 credits, no lab)
This course will show as a PHYS LELC on your transfer credit report. Please contact the Physical Sciences Department directly at (702) 651-7517 to arrange the lab component which will complete PHYS 151.
|PHYS 151 (4 credits)*||4-5|
|*Pending department approval. Students must show documentation (i.e. lab notebook) indicating satisfactory completion of laboratory work equivalent to PHYS 151. Otherwise, only science elective credit is awarded.|
|Physics – AP Physics Test 2: Algebra-Based Test|
|Science Elective (3 credits)||3|
PHYS 152 (3 credits, no lab)
This course will show as a PHYS LELC on your transfer credit report. Please contact the Physical Sciences Department directly at (702) 651-7517 to arrange the lab component which will complete PHYS 152.
|PHYS 152 (4 credits)**||4-5|
|**Pending department approval. Students must show documentation (i.e. lab notebook) indicating satisfactory completion of laboratory work equivalent to PHYS 152. Otherwise, only science elective credit is awarded.|
|Physics – AP Physics C: Mechanics Test|
|Science Elective (3 credits||3|
|PHYS 180 (3 credits, no lab)||4-5|
|PHYS 180L (1 credit)***||4-5|
|***Students must show documentation (i.e. lab notebook) indicating satisfactory completion of laboratory work equivalent to PHYS 180L|
|Physics – AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Test|
|Science Elective (3 credits)||3|
|PHYS 181 (3 credits, no lab)||4-5|
|PHYS 181L (1 credit)****||4-5|
|****Students must show documentation (i.e. lab notebook) indicating satisfactory completion of laboratory work equivalent to PHYS 181L|
|Political Science – AP Comparative Government and Politics|
|Political Science – AP U.S. Government and Politics|
|U.S. Constitution only||3-5|
|(Excludes the Nevada Constitution requirement)|
|Psychology – AP Psychology Test|
|PSY 101 (3 credits)||3-5|
|Statistics – AP Statistics Test|
The College recognizes the fact that students accumulate a great deal of information outside the classroom without formal instruction or from previous academic or occupational instruction. There are times when this background may be extensive enough to satisfy the requirements of courses offered by the College either through various examinations, course substitutions or waivers, or credit for nontraditional education. A student interested in these options should inquire with the appropriate department chair for courses which may be challenged in these ways.
Students who wish to challenge courses under the Credit by Examination provision must pay a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 for each course challenged. Policies of the College relating to challenge exams are as follows:
- Only currently enrolled students are eligible to take challenge exams.
- No more than 15 credits required for a degree may be obtained through challenges.
- Courses cannot be challenged if a student has taken an advanced course in the same area.
- Challenge examinations are not considered resident credit.
- Challenge examination credit does not count as part of a student’s credit load for any given semester nor are they computed into the grade point average.
- A student may not retake a challenge.
- Challenge examinations are not transferable and in many cases will not count for licensing agencies.
- Successful challenge examinations are posted as a TP grade (Pass) on the student’s transcript.
- Students must complete the challenge during the same semester in which the request was made.
The College reserves the right to deny any petition for credit by examination.
College Board Advanced Placement Examination (CBAPE): In accordance with the NSHE Board of Regents Policy, CSN credit may be granted to students who have achieved appropriate scores of 3, 4, or 5 on one or more of the Advanced Placement Tests offered by the College Entrance Examination Board. The tests are administered each year in May and are available to all high school seniors who have taken advanced placement courses in high school and to other interested students who feel they have knowledge of the given subject being tested equal to the college level course on the subject. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Program: The program provides an internationally accepted qualifications aimed at 16 to 18 year old entry into higher education.
CSN Credit may be awarded for credit for each higher-level examination passed at a level of 4 or above.
|IB SUBJECT||MIN. SCORE||CREDITS||COURSES SATISFIED|
|American History||4||3||Gen Ed (U.S. Constitution|
|Anthropology, Social & Cultural||4||3||ANTH 101|
|European History||4||3||HIST elective|
|English Comp./Lit.||4||3||ENG elective|
|Theater Arts||4||3||THTR elective|
Non-Traditional Education (NTE): Credit for work experience will be evaluated on the basis of a personal interview, verification of occupational experience, and the results of occupational competency examinations. Applicants must submit all relevant official documents, supportive materials, and specific information on the length, content, and other pertinent information concerning the work or life experience to the department chair or designee. Request for NTE credit will be evaluated and awarded in the sole discretion of the academic department.
These non-traditional sources may include but are not limited to nor guaranteed to be:
- Apprenticeship instruction and training
- Certificate training
- Correspondence schools
- Extension courses
- Post-secondary proprietary institutions including business colleges
- Service Members Opportunity College (SOC)
- Work experience
Students applying for NTE credits must be admitted to the College of Southern Nevada. NTE credits can only apply towards the degree of Bachelor of Science (BAS), Associate of General Studies (AGS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), and the Certificate of Achievement (CA). Generally a maximum of sixteen (16) NTE credits can be applied towards the BAS, AGS, and the AAS, and a maximum of eight (8) NTE credits can be applied toward the CA. However, there is an opportunity to exceed the foregoing limit through application to and approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs, in addition to the regular approval process.
NTE credits can only be applied towards Special Program Requirements and cannot be used towards General Education Requirements. NTE credit cannot exceed the credit value of the equivalent course. Students who wish NTE credit must pay a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 per course. Credits earned from NTE sources will not apply toward satisfying the minimum residence credits required for graduation purposes. NTE credit is not included in a student’s cumulative CSN grade point average (GPA). NTE credit awarded by CSN may not be transferable to another educational institution.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP): The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a specific type of challenge examination. Credit may be granted for the satisfactory completion of the CLEP general or CLEP subject examinations. Students who wish to use credits from CLEP should submit official CLEP results and a request for the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form to the Office of the Registrar.
- CLEP Subject Examinations – A maximum of three or four credits (one semester) may be granted for each institutionally approved subject examination for scores of 50 or above.
College Composition Modular is not accepted at CSN but is given at the Testing Center for other institutions.
Additional credit may or may not be granted for selected examinations at the discretion of the academic department.
- Please check with the counselor of your degree to determine which CLEPs will be transferable and the maximum amount of CLEP credits allowed by your program before taking the exams.
CLEP SUBJECT EXAMS
|CLEP SUBJECT||ACE RECOMMENDED SCORE||SEMESTER HOURS||COURSE GRANTED|
|American Literature||50||3||ENG 241|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature||50||3||ENG 298|
(College Composition Modular is not accepted at CSN but is given for other institutions)
64 or higher
|French Language, Level 1||50||4||FREN 111|
|French Language, Level 2||70||8||FREN 111/FREN 112|
|German Language, Level 1||50||4||GER 111|
|German Language, Level 2||70||8||GER 111/GER 112|
|Spanish Language, Level 1||50||4||SPAN 111|
|Spanish Language, Level 2||70||8||SPAN 111/SPAN 112|
|American Government||50||3||U.S. CONSTITUTION|
|History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877||50||3||HIST 101|
|History of the United State II: 1865 to Present||50||3||HIST 102|
|Microeconomics, Principles of||50||3||ECON 102|
|Macroeconomics, Principles of||50||3||ECON 103|
|Psychology, Introductory||50||3||PSY 101|
|Sociology, Introductory||50||3||SOC 101|
|Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648||50||3||HIST 105|
|Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present||50||3||HIST 106|
|College Algebra||50||3||MATH 124|
|College Mathematics||50||3||MATH 120|
|Natural Sciences||50||3||SCIENCE Elective|
The Student Appeal Form is available at the Office of the Registrar on any of the three main campuses or online at www.csn.edu/registrarforms. The Student Appeals Committee will review all petitions in the order of date received. The decision of the committee is final. Students will be notified via email of the Student Appeals Committee’s decision.
A refund appeal will not be considered unless the student has officially withdrawn (W) from the class(es). Students who are receiving financial aid should check with the Financial Aid Department or Veteran’s Affairs prior to withdrawal to determine what, if any, effect this action may have on future financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs eligibility.
Tuition appeals will generally be approved for the following reasons as long as the appropriate written supporting documentation is provided:
- Deployment of a student in the United States Armed Forces. The student must provide valid and properly endorsed orders. Includes dependent(s) enrolled at CSN, if other than the student;
- Death or incapacitation resulting from an illness or injury of the student; or spouse, child, parent, or legal guardian of a student that prevents the student from returning to school for the remainder of the semester. Extended incapacitation/hospitalization of the student (which caused the student to miss 20 percent or more of scheduled instruction) documented by a physician’s statement on the doctor’s official letterhead (copies of the student’s medical records will be accepted). This must be an unscheduled medical emergency experienced or continuing after the last day to drop for tuition refund. The physician’s letter must include the date the student was first seen for the medical condition as well as the beginning and ending date the student was incapacitated or/and hospitalized and must state that the student was physically unable to attend classes during that period of time. The physician’s letter must specifically state that the student was physically unable to attend classes, otherwise it will not be sufficient support to approve an appeal;
- Verifiable error on the part of the institution;
- Involuntary job transfers outside the Greater Las Vegas Metropolitan Area-documented by employer;
- Late notification of denial to a specific degree program with supporting documents.
If the appeal is approved, the grades of “W” will remain on the student’s academic record and will be used to calculate Excess Credit fee, Student Academic Progress (SAP), and any other state or federal mandate.
No refund will be made if the Student Appeal Form and supporting documentation are not received by the end of the semester following the semester being appealed. Exceptions may be made in extraordinary circumstances.
Beginning fall 2014, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) created a policy that states an Excess Credit Fee shall be charged to a student who has attempted credits equal to 150 percent of the credits required for the student’s program of study. The amount of this additional fee is equal to 50 percent of the per credit registration fee. Attempted credits include all graded courses on a student’s transcript, including but not limited to the grades of F and W (withdrawal) and repeated courses. The fee will be charged, for example, after 90 credits have been attempted towards a 60-credit associate’s degree or 180 credits towards a 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Exceptions may apply on a case-by-case basis. The fee will be charged in all terms after passing the threshold number of credits until a degree is awarded to the student.
The following categories of declared majors are subject to the Excess Credit Fee:
- Students currently pursuing a Certificate of Achievement who have attempted 45 credits or more will be charged this fee.
- Students currently pursuing an Associate Degree who have attempted 90 credits or more will be charged this fee.
- Students currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree who have attempted 180 credits or more will be charged this fee.
NSHE provides an appeals process for this excess credit fee. Students will need to provide an appeal form and supporting documents to be considered for exception to this fee. The following credits can be considered in the appeals process:
- Credits earned through examination like AP, CLEP, and Non-Traditional credits (must attach a copy of Transfer Credit Report).
- Credits attempted while enrolled as a high school student if those credits do not meet the student’s degree requirements (must attach a copy of Academic Advising Report and a copy of high school transcripts).
- Credits attempted at an institution outside of NSHE if those credits do not meet the student’s degree requirements (must attach a copy of Transfer Credit Report and Academic Advising Report).
- Credits attempted for remedial courses (must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts).
- Credits earned from a previous earned degree if the degree is at the same level or higher as the current degree (must attach a copy of unofficial transcripts or Transfer Credit Report).
- Credits not accepted for transfer at the receiving institution
- Credits associated with courses taken for audit or for which an audit grade is received
- Other circumstances (if students select this option then they must submit a personal statement that includes the reason they failed to meet the degree completion within 150 percent of the credits required for their program).
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a counselor or advisor/success coach.
Grading Symbols and Definitions
At the end of each semester, reporting of individual student grades is made available through MyCSN. All financial obligations to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) must be met before a student is eligible for an official transcript.
The following grades are given at CSN:
|Grade||Grade Point Value|
Grades of D+, D, and D- in the student’s major occupational area in Associate of Applied Science degree programs or Certificate of Achievement will not count towards graduation requirements.
- The Failure F grade is given for failure in the performance of course objectives and is worth zero (0) grade points.
- The Incomplete I grade may be assigned when the student has successfully completed all course work up to the withdrawal date of that semester/session but is unable, due to legitimate reasons (e.g. serious illness, death in the family, or change of employment), and with proper documentation, to compete all requirements for the course.
- The instructor will determine if the student qualifies for the incomplete process, and if so, the instructor will determine and document the outstanding requirement for the student to finish the course and post the I grade as well as the time frame to complete those requirements, not to exceed one year.
- If the work is not completed during that time frame, the I converts to an F unless a different grade is indicated by a Grade Change Form.
- If the instructor is no longer available to submit a Grade Change Form, it is the responsibility of the department chair to do so, if applicable.
- The I grade is not included in the student’s grade point average and therefore is worth “0” points.
- If a student wishes to retake the entire course, he or she must re-register and pay for the class.
- Unless approved by the dean in the student’s major or the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) or VPAA’s designee, a student with three current I grades may not register for additional coursework.
- If the student is not enrolled at CSN at the time he or she needs to complete the coursework and he or she needs to use CSN facilities not open to the public (such as labs), the student must receive permission from the department chair or program director to use those facilities, sign a waiver of liability to CSN, and if applicable, receive permission from the clinic site.
- The Withdrawal W grade indicates withdrawal from a class. If the withdrawal happens after the refund period, the student will receive a grade of W for the class as long as withdrawal occurs before the course is 60% complete as defined by the Academic Calendar. Lack of attendance does not constitute withdrawal; failure to properly withdraw will result in the assignment of an F grade on the student’s transcript in accordance with the NSHE Grading Policy. The W grade is not computed in the grade point average.
- The Pass P grade is granted on the basis of satisfactory completion of specific courses designated as Pass/Fail only. The P grade is not computed in the grade point average.
- The Satisfactory S grade indicates that a student earned a C- or above in the completion of course objectives. The S grade is not computed in the grade point average.
- The Unsatisfactory UN grade indicates that a student earned a D+ or below in the completion of course objectives. The UN grade is not computed in the grade point average.
- The Not Reported NR grade is assigned by the Registrar pending submission of a final grade by the course instructor. The NR grade is not computed in the grade point average.
- The Audit AU grade is given for students who audit a course. The AU grade is not computed in the grade point average.
- The use of plus (+) and minus (-) in a grade is at the discretion of the instructor. The course syllabus shall contain a clear explanation of the grading scale to be used by the faculty member.
Calculating Your Grade Point Average
The grade point value associated with each grade denotes how many points are accumulated for each credit earned with that grade. The grade point average is determined by dividing the sum of the grade points earned (refer to the grade point value chart) by the total number of credits earned with a regular letter grade.
Students may retake a CSN course as often as needed to gain a better grade and, thereby, a higher grade point average. Only the highest grade received will count as part of the total grade point average. All repeated courses taken at the College will remain as part of a student’s permanent academic record. Some limited entry programs will not allow required courses to be repeated.
Students receiving financial aid should be aware that all attempted credits are included in the calculations for Satisfactory Academic Progress. For more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress go to https://www.csn.edu/satisfactoryacademic-progress.
The College of Southern Nevada supports and recognizes student achievement. An Academic Honors List identifies and recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence. In addition to being identified as an honoree, a notation “Academic Honors” will post to the student’s transcript for the qualified semester.
To be eligible for Academic Honors, a student must:
- Complete at least 6 credits during the eligible semester with grades on the ABCDF scale,
- Courses must be 100 level or above, and
- Semester grade point average and correlating designation:
- 3.3 to 3.59 – Honor’s List
- 3.6 to 3.99 – Dean’s List
- 4.0 – President’s List
Any student who does not achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher after having attempted at least 15 credits is placed on academic warning for one semester. Students on academic warning will be directed to complete the Academic Warning component of the Academic Success Online Warning/Probation Workshop (ASOW) and to seek assistance from appropriate services. A registration hold will be placed on the student’s account when the student is placed on academic warning, which will be removed upon completion of the relevant ASOW component. Courses the student has enrolled in before being placed on academic warning are not affected by being on academic warning; however, the student will not be able to add or drop courses until the registration hold has been removed. Academic warning status does not appear on official transcripts.
Removal of Academic Warning: A student on academic warning who achieves a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of the next semester of enrollment will be removed from Academic Warning.
A student on academic warning who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of the next semester of enrollment will be placed on academic probation beginning when the final semester grades are posted. Academic probation status appears on official transcripts. The first semester on academic probation will be directed to complete the Academic Probation component of ASOW and to seek assistance from appropriate service. A registration hold will be placed on the student’s account when the student is first placed on academic probation, which will be removed upon completion of the relevant ASOW component. Courses the student has enrolled in before being placed on academic probation are not affected by being on academic warning; however, the student will not be able to add or drop courses until the registration hold has been removed. A student who maintains a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher during the first and subsequent semester(s), but have a cumulative GPA below 2.00, will continue to be on academic probation.
Removal of Academic Probation: Academic probation is removed at the end of the semester when a student’s cumulative GPA is raised to 2.0 or higher.
A student on academic probation who fails to achieve a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher will be placed on academic suspension. Students who are on academic suspension will not be allowed to register for any credit classes for at least one semester, but during the semester may petition to register for the following semester with the Academic Suspension Appeals Committee. Academic suspension status will appear on the student’s official transcript. Students on academic suspension will be encouraged to seek advice from appropriate counselor or advisor based on declared major.
College Readmission After Suspension: If the student wants to register for a credit class(es) after one semester of suspension, that student must meet with the appropriate counselor or advisor based on the declared major, and submit an Academic Suspension Appeals form. Student Appeal Form must also include the advising degree sheet and up to two selected courses chosen. If approved by the committee, the student will be limited to a maximum of two classes per semester. The student must appeal every semester until a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. If semester GPA is below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, the student must sit out another semester before petitioning again. The student must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to be removed from Academic Suspension status.
Grade Appeals Process
- A student may request a change of grade for any of three reasons:
- The student claims a clerical or computational error was made by the instructor in assigning the grade.
- The student claims the instructor lost or damaged student work that had been completed and submitted as assigned.
- The student claims the instructor evaluated the student’s work on the basis of different factors than were used to evaluate the work of the other students in the same course section.
- A Grade Appeal Committee will be appointed as necessary. The school dean will solicit members for this committee as defined below:
The Committee will consist of five members:
- One department chair/head, from a department other than that of the involved faculty member, selected by the Dean.
- Two school faculty members, one to be selected by the Dean and the other by the involved faculty member.
- One representative from Student Affairs, appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
- The fifth member of the Committee will be a faculty member selected by the student. If the student declines to suggest a Committee member, the Dean will select the fifth member from the discipline, when possible, involved in the appeal.
- The Dean will seek replacement of any member of the Committee who is directly involved in a particular case. If a member of the committee is unavailable, the Dean will replace the member for that individual appeal.
- The Committee members will designate the chair of the Committee, who is responsible for ensuring that the procedure is correctly followed.
- The Grade Appeal Committee’s decision will be final and binding on all parties and unable to be appealed.
- The student will first discuss the request for change of grade with the instructor. If the matter cannot be resolved, the student appeals in writing to the department chair/head. This appeal must contain a signed statement of the reason (as stated in II.A for a change in grade, and also all supporting documentation which must include at least the course syllabus, any relevant assignment instructions/criteria, and copies of any disputed work. This appeal must be submitted within four months of the end of the course in which the grade is being disputed. If resolution is still not reached, the student appeals to the dean of the school. The dean will see that the Grade Appeal Committee is formed. The Grade Appeal Committee will rule on the matter within 30 days of the date of the appeal to the dean.
- When a grade appeal is referred to the Grade Appeal Committee, the Committee will schedule a formal hearing at which the student and the instructor may each make a statement of the case. Additional material may be submitted to the Committee chair at least one week in advance, to be distributed to all parties at the chair’s discretion. The Committee may hear other witnesses and examine all submitted evidence from student and faculty as they choose. The petitioning student must be present for the hearing. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the student’s absence will result in forfeiting the appeal. Involved faculty, if present, may also present their case. The burden of proof is on the student. The Committee may not meet without at least four members present
Based on the evidence, the Committee may decide:
- No action, initial grade will remain unchanged.
- To recommend the grade change if at least four of the Committee members agree.
- That the student may replace lost or damaged work within the timeframe determined by this Committee. If the student’s work is not submitted within the timeframe, the initial grade will stand.
If a change of grade is recommended, the dean will sign and file the grade change form. If replacement work is recommended, the Committee will establish a reasonable time line for completion of the replacement work and the dean will appoint a faculty member from the same discipline or school to evaluate the replacement work and decide the student’s final grade.
The Committee chair will prepare a summary of the appeal and the reasons for their decision and each Committee member will sign indicating concurrence or dissent from the Committee’s decision. Within one week of the hearing, the summary will be sent to the student, the faculty member, the department chair/head, and the school dean.
All candidates for graduation must earn a minimum of 30 credits for a certificate of achievement, 60 credits for an associate’s degree and 120 credits for a bachelor’s degree. Candidates for graduation must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Candidates for graduation must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within CSN. For the Associate of Applied Science degree, a minimum of 15 credits must be earned in the special program requirements. Nontraditional credit, credit transferred from another institution, or credit earned through the course challenge process may not be used to establish the 15-credit residency requirement.
CSN General Education Core Requirements
Completing general education at CSN results in fulfilling the following student learning outcomes in the categories of English composition, mathematics, analytical reasoning, constitution, communication, literature, natural science, social science, values and diversity, humanities and fine arts.
- Construct college-level academic and professional writing using appropriate conventions;
- Employ research methods including how to obtain and use information via both print and electronic media;
- Solve problems in quantitative mathematical reasoning including probability, statistics, geometry, and consumer mathematics;
- Experience or interpret cultural, social and other differences, present in our society;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of analytical reason and its connection to natural language;
- Examine and interpret the United States and Nevada constitutions;
- Demonstrate general academic literacy applied to oral communication appropriate to different audiences and purposes;
- Use critical reading skills to engage and analyze literary texts;
- Define and apply basic concepts in one or two scientific disciplines;
- Acquire appreciation or introductory knowledge about social sciences and their insights about individual or group behaviors;
- Acquire appreciation or introductory knowledge of the humanities or languages, and at least one of the fine arts.
|CSN General Education Core Distribution:|
|*Distribution depends on emphasis |
**Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science Requirement.
For the Comprehensive Degree Requirements, use the following links below:
All undergraduate courses in the NSHE must be common-course numbered with equivalent courses offered throughout the System.
A system-wide course numbering rubric for all institutions shall be maintained so that baccalaureate transfer courses are clearly identified for student reference prior to registration under the following general course numbering parameters:
Course numbers with a “B” suffix may be nontransferable for a NSHE baccalaureate degree; such as ACC 223B.
Periodic revisions of degree requirements are made because of advances in knowledge, changes in occupational or professional qualifications, or the expectation of accrediting authorities. Such requirements may necessitate adherence to the degree requirements of a recent or current catalog. Institutional catalogs do not constitute contractual agreements or commitments.
To ensure students graduate with current knowledge in their chosen fields, CSN requires that students must meet degree or certificate course requirements that are listed in a CSN catalog.
- Select the catalog under which the student first completed CSN courses, or
- Select the catalog under which the student officially declared or changed major, or
- Select the catalog under which the student will complete the curriculum requirements for a baccalaureate degree or an associate degree or certificate of achievement, or
- Select a degree that is offered for the first time after the student has enrolled. The student must choose the catalog year in which the degree or major was first offered.
The selected catalog cannot be more than six years old at the time of graduation for students receiving an associate degree or certificate, and not more than ten years old at the time of graduation for students receiving a baccalaureate degree.
Students must know:
- When pursuing a bachelor degree, the student must complete a minimum of 120 credits, depending on specific program requirements, of various courses meeting general education and program-specific requirements.
- When pursuing an associate degree, the student must complete a minimum of 60 credits, depending on specific program requirements, of various courses meeting general education and program-specific requirements.
- When pursuing a certificate of achievement, the student must complete a minimum of 30 credits, depending on specific program requirements, of various general education and certificate specific requirements.
- Must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA) of 2.00 at CSN.
- Complete all course requirements by the last day of final examinations of the candidate’s final semester. Students cannot have pending grades of I or NR. A final graduation grade point average must be posted.
- Not have a grade of D+, D, D- in the major occupational area for the Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Achievement.
- Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in residence at CSN. Students must complete the appropriate 15 semester credits in the Special Program Requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree and the Certificate of Achievement,
- Credits completed by exam at CSN, including CLEP, as well as other transfer courses do not count towards CSN’s residency unit requirement or factor into CSN’s GPA.
- Non-Traditional Education (NTE) credits can only be used towards the Special Program Requirements in Associate of Applied Science degree, Associate of General Studies degree, or Certificate of Achievement.
- Not have any outstanding financial obligation with any NSHE institution.
- In no case, may one course be used to meet more than one requirement except for the Values and Diversity general education requirement. (refer to Honors Program)
- Course numbers less than 100 cannot be used towards any degree.
- Course numbers with a “B” suffix cannot be used toward the Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, or Associate of Science.
Students seeking to earn two certificates or degrees subsequently or simultaneously must satisfy the following dual degree policy requirements:
- File a separate Application for Graduation for each degree.
- Complete all curricular requirements for each degree.
- Complete 15 credits in residence beyond the requirements for the first degree; therefore, the student must complete a minimum of 75 semester credits if pursuing a second associate degree or 45 semester credits if pursuing a second certificate. Thirty semester credits of which were earned in residence at CSN.
- Students earning dual degrees may use a course only once to fulfill each certificate or degree requirement.
Application for Graduation
CSN awards the following degrees upon successful completion of all requirements: Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Business, Associate of General Studies, Associate of Science and the Certificate of Achievement. Diplomas and transcripts indicate the degree and any emphasis, if applicable.
Students are strongly encourage to meet with an academic counselor prior to applying for graduation to ensure all academic requirements have been met. Students may apply for and receive diplomas for one of three semesters: summer, fall, or spring. Students requesting a duplicate diploma must submit a graduation application and mark “DUPLICATE DIPLOMA” and pay the $15.00 duplicate diploma fee.
Students transferring credits completed at other institutions toward their CSN degree or certificate must have their transcripts evaluated prior to applying for graduation. Any student who fails to meet graduation requirements in any given semester must file a new application with the Office of the Registrar.
Commencement exercises are held once a year in May. Students who graduated during the preceding summer or fall semesters and potential spring graduates will be listed in the commencement program and may participate in the May commencement. Students must file an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar during the semester in which they plan to complete requirements for graduation. The deadline for filing is included in the Academic Calendar, available online at www.csn.edu/academiccalendar.
All students graduating from CSN are considered for High Honors or Honors based on their CSN cumulative grade point average. An High Honors diploma requires a cumulative GPA of 3.6. An Honors diploma requires a cumulative GPA of 3.4. All honor students receive recognition on their diplomas, academic transcripts, and in the commencement program.
A student can apply to substitute a course if he/she completed a course that is similar in content to a required course. The student is not granted any additional credit, but is merely allowed to substitute a course not listed as a requirement for a course which is required.
The course substitution cannot overrule the mandatory 15 credit CSN residency requirement.
Course Substitution Procedures
- Students will need to see their advisor/counselor to submit a substitution request. Advisors/Counselors can access the substitution request form online at https://onbase.csn.edu.
- Advisors/Counselors must attach a degree sheet with correct catalog year a copy of the student’s unofficial CSN transcript or a copy of the student’s transfer credit report, and a catalog course description to the substitution request form. Upon submittion of the form, the request is electronically routed to the degree granting chair.
- The degree-granting chair recommends approval or denial and routes the substitution request to the required course department chair.
- The required course department chair reviews and recommends approval or denial of the substitution request. The request is then routed to the Office of the Registrar.
- If there is a disagreement between the degree granting department chair and the required course department chair, the request is routed to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for final approval or denial.
- The student will receive notification via email on the completion of the process. This process can take up to four weeks.
Academic Renewal allows students to request that as many as two consecutive semesters’ grades not be included in the calculation of their cumulative grade point average (CUM GPA), academic standing and eligibility for graduation. The student must submit an Academic Renewal Form to the Office of the Registrar. If Academic Renewal is awarded then it must include all the courses for that given semester(s). If summer courses are to be included in the work disregarded, then course work from all summer terms of the same calendar year shall count as one semester. Academic renewal can only occur once during a student’s academic career. To maintain a true and accurate academic history, all work will remain listed on a student’s permanent academic record. The record will be annotated to indicate that work taken during the disregarded semester(s), even if satisfactory, will not apply toward graduation requirements. There will be no reimbursement of fees for the semester(s) which academic renewal is granted. Course work disregarded under this policy may continue to be used for the calculation of eligibility to receive financial aid and scholarship. Other institutions and employers may include the disregarded semesters in their decision-making.
Eligibility for academic renewal shall be subject to the following conditions:
At the time the petition is filed, a minimum of five years shall have elapsed since the most recent course work to be disregarded was completed.
In the interval between the completion and the filing of the petition, the student shall have completed a minimum of fifteen credits of course work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on all work completed during that interval. Courses taken during this interval may be repeats of previously attempted college work.
The term “matriculation date” is the date of the first day of instruction in the semester or term in which enrollment first occurs and continues through the completion of at least one academic course. Enrollment in CSN non-credit courses, which are not state-funded, shall not be used in determining “date of matriculation” for evaluation of residence.
Placement testing should take place prior to matriculation. Additionally, English and mathematics testing must take place no more than two years prior to matriculation.
All degree-seeking students who place in developmental/remedial coursework must take the prescribed sequence of courses until remediation is completed.
Students requiring remediation must complete all required remediation coursework prior to completion of 30 college-level credits unless otherwise authorized by the institution.
The Nevada System of Higher Education reserves the right to cancel the admission or registration of any individual whose attendance at CSN, in the opinion of the appropriate administrative officer and the President, would not be mutually beneficial to that individual and the college.
Students who wish to change their name on record at CSN will need to complete the Request to Change Personal Identification Data Form available at the Office of the Registrar and provide appropriate documentation such as government-issued picture ID, marriage certificate, divorce decree or other court documents. Students must submit the form and supporting documents in person. Name changes are processed for currently enrolled students only.
Students may request official transcripts for their own personal use or have transcripts sent to another institution. Official transcripts are printed on security paper and bear the CSN seal and signature of the Registrar.
Requests for official transcripts can only be accepted from a student him/herself unless the student gives written authorization for release to another person or organization. Students can request official transcripts online, by mail, or in person. Transcript ordering instructions can be found on our website at www.csn.edu/transcript-information. Allow 3-7 business days for processing and an additional 3-7 days at the beginning of each semester.
Students can print unofficial transcripts via MyCSN. Unofficial transcripts are computer print-outs and do not bear the CSN seal or signature of the Registrar.
Practicums, Practical Experience, Practical Application, On-the-Job Training, Cooperative Education, and Clinical Experience Students may be required to take practical training courses in the form of internships, practicums, or residencies depending on the academic discipline in which they are enrolled. This training may be accomplished at College of Southern Nevada (CSN) facilities or at offsite locations, depending on the specialty. All such courses share commonalities, including:
Students must register in advance.
CSN instructors are responsible for developing course requirements and supervising the progress of students.
Regular meetings between students and instructors provide opportunities for guidance and evaluation. These interactions are generally held on a weekly basis.
Practical training experiences require significantly more time than a regular course.
Students are evaluated on their progress and assigned either a letter grade or a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade, as determined by the appropriate academic department. The satisfactory grade is not calculated into the student’s GPA.
All practicums, internships, or residencies are granted full credit toward graduation, do not extend degree requirements, and are mandatory in several degree and credential programs.
Final examinations are held at the end of each semester. Students are required to take the final examination at the time and place scheduled by the instructor in order to receive credit for the course.
(Title 4, Chapter 16 page 2-4) Rev. 280 (09/18)
Section 1. NSHE Placement Policy
The placement policies of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) are intended to ensure a foundation of knowledge and competencies that will assist students in successfully pursuing and attaining an academic degree. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the rigors of higher education prior to entering the NSHE.
- Pursuant to federal regulations, institutions may make ability-to-benefit determinations using federally approved tests and passing scores to receive federal student aid. The NSHE reserves the right to cancel the admission or registration of any individual whose attendance at a university or college, in the opinion of the appropriate administrative officer and the President, would not be mutually beneficial, as determined by the ability-to-benefit test, to that individual and the university or college.
- Initial Placement of Students into English and Mathematics Courses.
a. Exemption from Remedial Instruction. Degree-seeking students who meet or exceed the minimum English or mathematics scores on any one of the college readiness assessments listed below must be placed into a college-level course in that subject and are exempt from being placed into any form of remedial instruction in that subject provided that the student:
i. Was continuously enrolled in an English course and a mathematics course in his or her senior year of high school unless an exception is approved by an NSHE institution; and
ii. Enrolls in an NSHE institution after high school in any term (summer/fall/winter/spring) during the academic year following high school graduation.
Institutions may use other factors including high school transcript, grade point average, or additional testing to determine the appropriate first college-level course. Institutions are not required to honor initial placement decisions pursuant to this subsection for students who fail to remain continuously enrolled in required mathematics and English courses until the core mathematics and English requirements are completed.
|College Readiness Assessments - English|
|Test Score||Minimum Score|
|ACT English or ACT English Language Arts (ELA)||18 (English) or 20 (ELA)|
|SAT Critical Reading – SAT Test Date Prior to March 2016||500|
|SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing – SAT Test Date March 2016 and later||480|
|Smarter Balanced||2583 (Achievement Level 3)|
|PARCC||Level 4 Score|
|College Readiness Assessments - Mathematics|
|Test Score||Minimum Score|
|SAT Math – SAT Test Date Prior to March 2016||500|
|SAT Math – SAT Test Date March 2016 and later||530|
|Smarter Balanced||2628 (Achievement Level 3)|
|PARCC||Level 4 Score|
b. Placement of Students without an Exemption from Remedial Instruction. For degree-seeking students who have not met the English or mathematics college readiness assessment score on one of the tests in subsection a or who have not taken any of the tests in subsection a, institutions must develop an assessment and placement policy that ensures students who place at high school or above levels have an opportunity to enroll in and complete gateway college courses in mathematics and English within one academic year. The assessment and placement policy may use multiple measures, including, but not limited to placement exams; high school GPA; course selection and performance in the senior year of high school; and intended postsecondary program of study to determine appropriate placement into one the following options:
i. Placement into college-level courses without any additional academic support or remediation;
ii. Placement into a co-requisite course where academic support is provided to students while enrolled in college-level gateway courses;
iii. Placement into a single semester of remedial education that is followed by either a gateway college-level course or co-requisite gateway course option; or
iv. For students who are seeking a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) degree or program of study that requires college algebra or pre-calculus and who place at the high school Algebra 1 level (e.g. Math095), placement into a three-semester sequence culminating in the gateway college algebra course. The sequence may include co-requisite coursework.
c. Institutions may establish alternative pathways to those described in subsection b for those degree-seeking students whose mathematics or English skills are below the high school level as established by the institution’s assessment and placement policy set forth in subsection
3. To promote completion of gateway courses within the first academic year, all degree-seeking students must be continuously enrolled in appropriate mathematics and English courses until the institutional core curriculum mathematics and English requirements are completed. Institutions may authorize exceptions to this requirement if the exception does not affect the student’s ability to complete the gateway course within the first academic year.
4. Requirements for college readiness and college-level course enrollment shall be publicized by each institution to the appropriate Nevada school districts. In addition, the Chancellor will work with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to publicize these requirements to all Nevada school districts and to establish educational strategies to encourage high school standards, graduation requirements, and assessments that are aligned with college and workforce readiness expectations.
5. For purposes of this section, “college-level” means courses that are numbered 100-level and above. (B/R 9/18)
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