Learning Support

The Learning Support Department is made up of dedicated faculty and staff committed to helping students develop the skills necessary to achieve their academic goals.

Students who do not meet the state's minimum admissions requirements have the opportunity to take the ACCUPLACER® assessment test covering skills in reading, writing, and math. Academic deficiencies can be met by taking the courses identified through testing and assessment.

The purpose of the program is to help under prepared students pass college level courses and to graduate at the same level as better prepared students. The Learning Support Program integrates personal development and academic development into coursework and provides support services such as counseling, Teaching & Learning Centers, computer labs, and advising intervention. Learning Support has made it possible for thousands of students to succeed in their chosen field of study.

Learning Support General Information

A-100 Guidelines (TBR)


Why do I have to take Learning Support courses if they don't count towards my degree?

Columbia State is an open-door institution, which means anyone with a high school diploma, G.E.D. or HiSET can be admitted, even if they have high school deficiencies or low ACT scores or have been out of school for a number of years. The TBR requires that these individuals be screened and tested for correct placement in courses.

Why can't I just enroll in college-level courses and if I pass them? After all, I am paying for college myself.
What difference does it make if I take other courses in my college curriculum before I take my Learning Support courses?
My work schedule prevents me from taking the required courses at the time they are offered on the campus nearest me. Can I forget about those courses and take other courses instead?
Can I drop my Learning Support courses and keep my college-level courses?
If I withdraw from a Learning Support course before I complete all the required competencies, will my completed competencies remain on my permanent record or will I have to repeat all the work I did to complete those competencies when I repeat the course for a grade?


Dr. Shane Hall
Dean of Written, Oral, and Digital Communications
Director of Learning Support
Williamson Campus, FHUM 236
Shelley Manns
Assistant Director of Learning Support
Lead Faculty for Learning Support Writing
Columbia Campus, Clement 125