Satisfactory Progress in Written English Policy

The ability to write well is foundational to the successful completion of a degree. Students who are required to take a writing course at Dominican must enroll in the course to which they are assigned, beginning in their first semester at Dominican and must complete the CORE Effective Communication course sequence each subsequent semester until they have fulfilled the requirement.

Students who fail to pass either Effective Communication 1 or Effective Communication 2 after two semesters must submit a petition to the Academic Petition Committee requesting to remain enrolled in the university.  This petition must be accompanied by a statement from the instructor of the student's most recent Effective Communication course regarding the student's potential for meeting the Effective Communication writing requirement.

Students must pass Effective Communication 1 and 2 with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or higher to fulfill the CORE Curriculum requirement.  Concurrent enrollment in or successful completion of Effective Communication 1 is a prerequisite for enrolling in upper division courses.

These courses are designed to help the student develop the ability to succeed in university work. Students lacking the required high school college-preparatory coursework or who have been placed in the courses listed below on the basis of the University's proficiency examinations may require more than eight semesters to complete requirements for graduation. Please note that the Four-Year Guarantee does not apply to students who require developmental coursework as part of their degree plan. Students enrolled in these courses will work with their advisors to select their other courses appropriately.

A maximum of 6 units of developmental coursework can be counted in the 124 units required for graduation. For speakers of English as a second language an additional 6 units of developmental coursework in English can be counted in the 124 units required for graduation. However, all grades in Developmental English earn units which count as part of the unit load for the semester in which they are earned.

Satisfactory Progress in Written English

Students who are required to take a writing course at Dominican must enroll in the course to which they are assigned beginning in their first semester at Dominican and must complete the writing course sequence each subsequent semester until they have fulfilled the writing requirement.

Students who fail to pass either ENGL 1003 or ENGL 1004 after two semesters must submit a petition to the Academic Petition Committee requesting to remain in the University. This petition must be accompanied by a statement from the instructor of the most recent English course regarding the student's potential for meeting the expository writing requirement.

Students who enter as Seniors and place in ENGL 1003 or below may not find it possible to graduate in two semesters at Dominican.

Students must complete ENGL 1004 and ENGL 3200 with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or higher to fulfill the General Education writing requirements. Concurrent enrollment in or successful completion of ENGL 1004 is a prerequisite for enrolling in upper division courses.