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Student Development Course (SDV)

Policy Number: 606

Categorized: Student Services

Responsible Office: AVP for Academic Services

Subject: Requirement for taking SDV 100 College Success Skills or SDV 101 Orientation to a specific discipline

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Additional Information: Course Content Summary SDV 100, Course Content Summary SDV 101, SDV ABLE Exam

Effective Date:

Last Reviewed Date: 08/25/2017

1.0 Scope

This policy applies to all students who enroll in at least 15 credits and do not already have a degree.

2.0 Policy Statement

All students, except those in some career studies certificate programs, shall participate in a one-credit student development course designed to help them succeed in college, either SDV 100 College Success Skills or SDV 101 Orientation to a specific discipline.

3.0 Definitions


4.0 Procedures

Students must take an SDV course within their first 15 semester hours at the College, unless the requirement has been waived. This requirement may be met in several ways:

  • Take the course on campus or through ELI (1 credit hour).
  • Use transfer credit from another university version of the course to fulfill the requirement.
  • Pass the SDV ABLE Exam with a score of 38 or better. First time to college students, ages 17-24, are ineligible to take the exam in their first year.
  • Students who hold a transfer-oriented associate degree or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met this requirement.

5.0 Authority

VCCS Policy Orientation/Student Development