Developmental Education

The mission of the Developmental Education Program at NMSU Carlsbad is to help students cultivate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for success in college-level curriculum by providing quality instruction and academic support that encourages students to be active participants in the learning process.

New students are placed into developmental education courses based on their ACT and/or COMPASS placement testing scores. The course placement level is determined based on system- wide standardized “cut-off” scores. The university strongly recommends that all required developmental education coursework be started during the first year of enrollment.

Students must pass all developmental coursework with a grade of “C” or higher, in order to move on to the next course in the sequence. The COMPASS placement test 22 is administered again as a post-test at the end of each semester. Test scores which advance a student ahead more than one level may be honored with the approval of the instructor, but must be accompanied by a grade of “C” or higher in the corresponding course. Students who earn less than a “C” in a course will be required to repeat that course and must obtain the required minimum grade before moving to the next course in the sequence. Please note that credit earned in developmental coursework is not applied toward any degree or certificate at NMSU Carlsbad, but completion of developmental coursework may be a requirement for any degree or certificate. Credit for developmental coursework is included in the credit calculations for financial aid. Most developmental courses are offered for 4 credits, which includes 3 credits of instruction and 1 credit of laboratory time to practice skills taught during instruction. A variety of course instructional formats may be offered. Please refer to the semester course schedule or visit the TEAM Center for more information regarding specifics for each course section.