Letters from GSU on DE

Email From April 3

This week your Dual Enrollment students started their face-to-face course(s) online. I would like to remind everyone although GSU campus locations are closed to the public and students, many departments, including Dual Enrollment, are online and available during our normal business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:15pm). I am working diligently with the University Bookstore and Registrar office to create a plan for textbooks and transcript pickups; more information to come. Georgia State University’s Summer 2020 courses will be offered online. Please note, there will not be any face-to-face courses for the Summer 2020 semester. Our University President, Dr. Becker announced this morning that “Faculty and staff are working to revise our academic offerings for the May and Summer terms and to assure we provide the most comprehensive and high quality offerings possible.”

As information and practices are temporarily adjusting, I will continue to work hard to assist our Dual Enrollment students. Below you will find important information and updates. Please read thoroughly as many of questions will be answered:

Registration (update):

Registration for Summer 2020 students will open next week, Monday April 6th. Please note, Fall 2020 registration will be delayed wait until high school counselors have access to complete the online electronic Funding/SPA.

               

Summer Students: Counselors, please complete the back of the paper SPA (see attached) or send an email with the student’s full name, grade, and list of specific courses to DualEnrollment@gsu.edu. We will be accept paper SPAs as well as email confirmations  for Summer registrations only.  All summer courses will be taught online. Please be mindful of the courses selection, rigor, and allotted remaining credits (pending House Bill 444).  

                

Fall Students: Registration will be delayed until high school counselors are able to complete the new online Funding/SPA application. Registration is expected to open Monday, May 11th. Please do not submit paper SPAs and/or emails for Fall courses/registration.

Student Participation Agreement Form:

The Student Participation Agreement (SPA) for students and parents/guardians is now completed electronically for all students. All students (NEW, RETURNING, HOMESCHOOL and student with no SSN) must complete the electronic SPA and funding application found on GaFutures.org prior to registering for courses at GSU. No exception.

The GSFC has made changes to which courses are approved for funding effective Summer 2020 and beyond. Please be sure to review which courses you are giving the student permission to register for by reviewing the updated course directory here: https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/course-directory-2020-2021-beginning-summer-term-2020/

 

Admission (update):


The Admissions Office will process prospective Dual Enrollment students without standardized test scores. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, calculated by GSU (this applies to both Atlanta and Perimeter students).  Please note, this option will only be extended to students who did not have the opportunity to the ACT/SAT/ACCUPLACER due to COVID-19.

 

Below are a few answers to your concerns/questions:

  • What if my student currently has SAT/ACCUPLACER/ACT scores on file with GSU but do not met the minimum requirements; will they be admitted?

Answer: No, students with test scores already on file with GSU will be evaluated based on SAT/ACT/ACCUPLACER and HS GPA.

  • My student was denied due to low test scores. Can they be considered?

Answer: Unfortunately, no. Students who were already denied will not be reevaluated. This exception is extended only to students who did not have the opportunity to test.

  • Will there be any restrictions to students registering for MATH 1111: College Algebra, ENGL 1101: English Composition and other courses since there’s no SAT/ACT/ACCUPLACER scores on file?

Answer: Yes, all Dual Enrollment students should be college ready. The admission office will evaluate their HS transcript and grades in core classes. Students must meet an average GPA thresholds to register for all college level courses.

  • Although GSU will be admitting without standardized test scores, should a Dual Enrollment student still take the SAT/ACT/ACCUPLACER?

Answer: Absolutely! Students may receive registration restrictions/errors if they do not meet the GPA threshold on core classes. Please advised them to still register for standardized test; even after being admitted.

Testing:

Although the students without test scores with will be evaluated by the Admission Department for the Summer and Fall 2020 semester, please encourage your students to still register for the ACT/SAT/ACCUPLACER. Students who plan on enrolling at the Perimeter campus may take the ACCUPLACER virtually through Examity. Students must meet Examity’s computer requirements. Students may use the below links (based on campus) to request an Examity exam setup in order to take the ACCUPLACER.

Please note, new students must have a Panther ID for this option
(to receive a Panther ID, students must apply and submit their official high school transcript). When setting up the request, students must select all three ACCUPLACER sections (Writing [WritePlacer], Math [Quantitative Reasoning Algebra and Statistics], and Reading

Testing center links:
Alpharetta Campus | Clarkston Campus | Decatur Campus | Dunwoody Campus | Newton Campus

 

Withdraw (new information):

Georgia State University has extended the withdraw date to Friday, April 17th @5:00p. All GSU students may withdraw from a course and receive a “W”. This “W” will not impact their Georgia State GPA. I will notify counselors via email if your student(s) would like to withdraw from classes. Students will be notified that they cannot withdraw from a GSU course without high school approval. There is a three (3) withdraw limit for all GSU students while enrolled at Georgia State. This semester (Spring 2020) students may withdraw from two (2) courses without counting towards the three (3) limit.

Georgia State will maintain the current letter grade grading scale (A – F). Georgia will not be issuing pass/fail for the Spring 2020 semester

Resources:

All GSU students can find important information and resources to assist their transition online. Please continue to share the below link with your students:

https://cetl.gsu.edu/resources/resources-for-learning-remotely/

 

As always, I thank everyone for their patience and please remember the GSU Dual Enrollment team will be available virtually Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:30am – 5:15pm. You may contact us at 770-274-5612 and/or DualEnrollment@gsu.edu.

 

Previous Email

 

These past few weeks have been overwhelming for all of us. Today is the first day that all GSU (including Dual Enrollment/Early College) students will be finishing the Spring 2020 semester online. Here at Georgia State, we are working remotely and actively adjusting our everyday operations to serve you and your students. President Becker announced on March 13th that GSU will transition all courses to the online platform for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. We have been actively emailing your students with tools and tips to be prepared for today and the rest of the semester. It is crucial that your students continue to check their GSU Panther email account more than ever. Students can find important information and resources to assist their transition online at the below link: https://cetl.gsu.edu/resources/resources-for-learning-remotely/  Here, students can learn strategies to be successful online, receive academic support and many more!

Although, GSU campus locations are closed to the public and students, many departments, including Dual Enrollment, are online and available during our normal business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:15pm).

Information is ever-changing, but below you will find answers to some of your most common questions and concerns:

 

Registration:

Dual Enrollment registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semester will begin in May as counselor still have not received access to the new electronic SPA. Returning students must also remove their Registration Agreement hold and Emergency Contact hold found in their PAWS account.

 

Student Participation Agreement Form:

The Student Participation Agreement (SPA) for students and parents/guardians is now completed electronically for all students. All students (NEW, RETURNING, HOMESCHOOL and NO SSN) must complete the electronic SPA and funding application found on GaFutures.org prior to registering for courses at GSU. Our office still has many of the same questions as many of you regarding the ins and outs of the new funding application process.


Here is a link to what info is out on the GAFutures.org website at the moment:
https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/application-procedure-and-deadline/

 

They have also updated their FAQ page here:
https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/frequently-asked-questions/

 

Should students/parents have difficulties or questions completing the new electronic SPA please encourage them to visit the GSFC website. There is a new chat now option with a live representative.

 

Admission Deadline:
Please remember the Dual Enrollment office does not process college applications or application documents. The Admission office will be flexible with deadline dates for documents and decisions. However, please advise your students to complete the college application immediately; the application is available online. I would urge counselors to work with your county to extend any deadline dates that may interfere with testing dates.

Unfortunately, DE students can not submit their PSAT scores.

Testing:
While the University is closed, prospective students can contact the testing center to inquire about taking the ACCUPLACER virtually through Examity. Students must meet Examity’s computer requirements. Students may use the below links (based on campus) to request an Examity exam setup in order to take the ACCUPLACER.


Please note, new students must have a Panther ID for this option
(to receive a Panther ID, students must apply and submit their official high school transcript). When setting up the request, students must select all three ACCUPLACER sections (Writing [WritePlacer], Math [Quantitative Reasoning Algebra and Statistics], and Reading

 

Testing center links:
Alpharetta Campus | Clarkston Campus | Decatur Campus | Dunwoody Campus | Newton Campus

Examity is currently closed due to COVID-19 however plans on reopening in mid-April

If a student prefers to take the SAT/ACT, please refer to their website for the soonest testing date available. At last check, it appeared to be June 2020. Please urge your students to register for this date as GSU will be flexible and working with all prospective students.

 

*I am working with the Admission department on whether DE students interested in our Atlanta campus may take the ACCUPLACER

Orientation:
Dual Enrollment Orientation has been held online since Summer 2019 and will continue to be online for the convenience of your students. Newly admitted students will receive information on DE Orientation in mid-April with detailed instructions.

Lawful Presence
All Lawful Presence documents will need to be uploaded to the student’s application checklist. For more information on GSU lawful presence documents, please click on the below link:

https://admissions.gsu.edu/kb/citizenship-verification-and-lawful-presence/

 

As always, I thank everyone for their patience and please remember the GSU Dual Enrollment team will be available virtually Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:30am – 5:15pm. You may contact us at 770-274-5612 and/or DualEnrollment@gsu.edu.

 

Stay Healthy!

 

Suzes Casseus

Assistant Director of Student Success

Dual Enrollment & Early College

Georgia State University

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