Board of Regents Emergency Policy

Board of Regents Emergency Policy: Dual Enrollment, Placement and Admissions Criteria Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Executive Summary
In response to the rapidly evolving impact on secondary and postsecondary education of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Regents offers the following guidance due to the cancellation or
postponement of standardized tests whose scores are used in determining student eligibility for the following programs: dual enrollment, placement and admissions.

Board of Regents recognizes that as a result of these and other interruptions related to COVID- 19, students may not have been able to complete the standardized testing requirements necessary to demonstrate college readiness and meet minimum admissions eligibility criteria as currently defined in  Academic Affairs Policies 2.18 (Placement), 2.22 (Dual Enrollment) and Minimum Admissions Criteria for First-Time Freshmen.

This emergency policy, developed in close consultation with the Louisiana Department of Education, system chief academic officers and LOSFA, provides guidance for students currently enrolled in dual enrollment as well as those seeking to enroll next academic year. It also addresses alternative criteria for placement into college courses and admission to postsecondary institutions. The emergency policy addresses the Board of Regents commitment to mitigate academic barriers caused by this pandemic, which has resulted in disruption of classes and postponement or cancellation of standardized testing and placement assessments. It is our goal to support students through these course disruptions and assist in their transition to or continuation in Louisiana’s colleges or universities.

In light of this emergency policy to address disruption related to COVID-19 issues, students meeting these minimum admissions requirements for the Summer or Fall 2020 cohort may be admitted as regular admits, and, those who do not meet these requirements will be admitted by exception to Board of Regents policy. Emergency Policy effective date are as follows:
• Options for current dual enrollment students, Spring 2020
• Prospective Dual Enrollment Policy, Academic Year 2020-21
• Placement and Minimum Admission Standards for First-Time Freshmen into Four-Year Institutions, Summer and Fall 2020

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