Enrollment - Open Admissions

FDTC accepts the responsibility to provide the service area with persons who meet the assessed needs of regional business and industry and to assist individuals in achieving educational and occupational objectives consistent with their potential.

In order to promote achievement by individuals with varied potential, open admissions is defined as a practice which (1) admits to the College all citizens who can benefit from available learning opportunities, and (2) places into specific programs of study those students whose potential for success is commensurate with program admission standards.

The definition of open admissions implies a commitment to assess student potential and to provide appropriate developmental and remedial programs of study as may be required.

In support of this definition, FDTC adheres to the following procedures:

  1. Utilizes admissions procedures, which concentrate on career guidance and the assessment of competency in basic skills through the approved college placement tests.
  2. Utilizes minimum placement criteria for admission into developmental courses.  The criteria reflect an analysis of the entry-level skills for each curriculum.  Those students not eligible for entry into developmental courses are referred to Adult Basic Education or other literacy programs as appropriate.
  3. Articulation between Developmental courses and each curriculum program has been established through the minimum competencies set in math, reading and English on the approved college placement tests and course progression.
  4. Minimum academic standards and procedures have been established for academic probation for those students who do not maintain satisfactory progress.
  5. Specific entry-level skills have been established for admission into each program.  The Admissions Testing Committee, in conjunction with the academic departments, establishes, monitors, and evaluates entrance requirements, testing procedures and instruments used by FDTC for effective student placement. Specific skills taught in each program are identified by the individual departments, which include identifying reliable techniques for determining student performance.