Academic Foundations

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Success by Design

Academic Foundations at CF promotes and supports student success through a variety of courses, specialized services and curriculum innovations. Our highly qualified staff and faculty are dedicated to helping students succeed. 

We prepare students by building a strong academic foundation in the core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics. We offer courses designed to develop effective study, life and career skills to ensure college success.

About your success at CF

As part of the CF enrollment process, students are assessed in the skill areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Based on this assessment, students may be placed in developmental courses in one or more skill areas. These courses provide the critical foundation for student success in college-level English, reading or math courses.

Students can facilitate their success by enrolling in at least one Academic Foundations course in their first term. A student may take other appropriate college-level courses in addition to Academic Foundations courses if a student chooses to do so.

Have you heard about new options for testing and developmental education courses?

A new state law, Senate Bill 1720, has made changes to developmental education requirements. All students will have more flexibility and, for some students, college placement testing and developmental education courses are now optional prior to enrolling in college-level courses.

Are you one of these students?

 1. Did you enter ninth grade in a Florida public high school during the 2003-2004 school year or later?
2. Did you graduate with a standard high school diploma from a Florida public high school in 2007 or later?
3. Are you an active military service member?

If you answered yes to the first two questions or yes to the last question, you will follow an Elective Pathway, and taking a college placement test and enrolling in developmental education is now optional for you. This provides you the option of enrolling directly into college-level courses. However, if you lack skills in reading, writing or math, we encourage you to take the PERT, Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, or the ACT or SAT to determine the appropriate course placement that will ensure your success.

If you answered no to the questions, you will follow a Prescribed Pathway and will be required to take a placement test (ACT, SAT or PERT) and may be required to take developmental education courses if needed.

If you have completed ENC1101 Freshman Composition Skills I and MAT1033 Intermediate Algebra or higher, this does NOT apply to you.

For more information, contact your assigned academic advisor (shown on the MyCF Portal).

Failure to comply with this rule will affect a student’s ability to enroll in college-level courses and may affect a student’s financial aid award.

State law, House Bill 1545, requires CF to charge full cost of instruction on the third attempt of a Academic Foundations course taken at CF in English, reading, or mathematics. However, due to financial hardship and/or extenuating circumstances, a student may be able to qualify for an exception to the increased fee. An exception based on extenuating circumstances may be used only once for each course.

Academic Success

Kim Flax is a first year Business Administration student at College of Central Florida.  “My story starts with the College and Career Success SLS1501 course I took with Dr. Christine Olson,” Flax says. “I feel that taking this class after being out of school for 30 years, was a useful tool for my educational belt. SLS taught me how to manage my time better so that I can better use the time I have for my studies.”


Part of the SLS course is learning different personality types that people have and how to interact with them. “This knowledge has helped me to understand where people are coming from, since not everyone is on the same wave length,” Flax explains. “This helped when interacting with my professors and working with my peers.”


“Dr. Olsen took our class on a tour of the campus, she showed us where different important departs were located,” she recalls. “We learned that there are tutor available in the math lab in building 7, the writing center in the Learning Resource Center and a computer lab in building 2 with Student Support Services; these services are free to students attending the college. Knowledge is power and I learned that the power that we achieve can be passed along to empower those who come behind us.”

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