Many students who enroll at Pennsylvania Highlands need refresher, or developmental, courses. STREAM's mission is to prepare students for college-level work by building the basic skills necessary for success in any field of study or profession. STREAM, the Developmental Education Program at Pennsylvania Highlands, coordinates the instruction, policies, and procedures for students who need developmental courses in reading, English, and math. STREAM also seeks to develop in students the appropriate attitudes and behaviors that will make them successful at Pennsylvania Highlands.
To help students meet their goals, STREAM and the College offer developmental students the following:
- Small classes offering individual attention
- Computer-assisted instruction and the use of other educational technologies
- Help for special-needs students
How are Students Placed in Developmental Classes?
Students are placed into college-level courses and/or developmental reading, math, or English with the COMPASS placement exam. COMPASS is administered upon admission to the College. Students can find more information about the COMPASS exam and see a practice test at www.act.org/compass.
Students are required to take any prescribed developmental classes during their first, and if necessary, their second semester.
Students are required to attend a minimum of 80 percent of their developmental classes. All developmental classes use the following grading system:
A: 93—100 percent
B: 84—92 percent
C: 75—83 percent
Below 75 percent, F
The credits earned with developmental courses do not apply toward grade point average calculations (GPA) or toward graduation, nor are they generally transferable to other institutions.
Current Developmental Offerings include:
ICR 020— Basic College Reading
ICR 031— Critical College Reading
ENG 010—Basic English
ENG 020—Introduction to Composition
MAT 020—Basic Math
MAT 080—Basic Algebra