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2013 - 2014 Catalog 
2013 - 2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Basic Education / Ability to Benefit (ATB) / Hibernia Enrichment Center / Workforce Training

Basic Education

Students who are placed into or are required to take any READ and/or ENGL developmental course are initially classified as Basic Education students. If MATH is the only developmental course required, students are not classified as Basic Education students.

Basic Education students must meet with an advisor to schedule their classes.

Basic Education students placed in READ courses must complete all developmental reading courses prior to enrolling in most college-level courses (non-developmental courses that require college-level reading skills).

All Students coded into Basic Education (BN, BP, BW) are strongly encouraged to complete CCSS 107 - College Success Skills within the first 12 hours of coursework. It has been demonstrated that the single most important factor in student success in college is the completion of an “orientation” course that familiarizes the student with college resources, policies, and necessary academic skills, such as studying, note-taking, test-taking, and other relevant skills.

Ability To Benefit Test (ATB)

The Ability to Benefit test (ATB) is required of all non-high school graduates at least 17 years of age whose high school class has graduated and by all graduates of non-accredited high schools. The ATB test is available in English only and is offered in the COMPASS Internet version. The COMPASS Internet version of the ATB is an un-timed computerized assessment to determine Ability to Benefit. Study guides for the ATB are available in the Office of Advising and Testing. You may also refer to www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html.

Students who pass the ATB test are eligible to attend school on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours). However, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid.  A student who does not pass the ATB test may take up to 11 credit hours until he/she passes the ATB and has completed an individual advising session to determine applicant’s ability to graduate, or until he/she acquires a GED from an accredited site. A student who does not pass the ATB may declare as a Non-Degree Workforce Development major. A student whose first language is not English may take the ESL ATB that is customized for non-native speakers. Students who do not pass the ATB or the ESL ATB may retest 30 days later.  The ATB test has a non-refundable fee each time a student takes the test. 

The following pertains to eligible ATB scores: 

  1. Only ATB scores administered by the College are accepted.
  2. ATB scores are valid indefinitely.
  3. Applicants may retake the ATB, with a maximum of 3 attempts in a 30-day period.
  4. If an applicant does not pass on the 3rd or more attempt, he or she must wait 30 days to retake the test. 

Hibernia Enrichment Center

The Hibernia Enrichment Center, initially funded by Hibernia National Bank, provides computer-assisted remedial education for Delgado students. In some cases, instructors will incorporate assignments to be completed in the Center into the course curriculum. All Delgado students may use the Center during its open hours for study, access to the Internet, and to reinforce their basic reading, English, and study skills.

Workforce Training Admission

Students who score at least at the 6.0 grade level on the ATB, but who do not score sufficiently high to be admitted as regular students, may enroll as Workforce Training students. Such students are limited to enrollment in workforce training programs (credit-bearing) and will be awarded technical competency or letters of completion when they complete the program. Workforce training students may not receive any form of Title IV federal financial assistance. Workforce training students may change to the regular admission status if they obtain their GED, high school diploma, or the minimum acceptable scores on the ATB exam.  However, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid.