Developmental Education Exemption

Dear Santa Fe Student,

You may be impacted by state legislation regarding Developmental Education which went into effect January 1, 2014. If you entered a Florida public High School in 2003-2004 or beyond and graduated from a Florida public High School, with a standard diploma; or are active duty military, you may be exempt from placement testing and taking Developmental Education coursework. If interested in learning more about exemptions, please read the information provided below. To see if you are eligible for the exemption or have further questions, please make an appointment to speak with your Academic Advisor as soon as possible. You can find your assigned advisor and his/her contact information by viewing your Degree Audit in eSantaFe.

Students are not able to register for classes until they choose a Testing Option and Developmental Education Option.  While in eSantaFe, students must go to the Advisement Tab and then Dev Ed Options Tab and make a selection in order to proceed.  Students needing further assistance are encouraged to make an appointment with their academic advisor.  Students can schedule an appointment with their Academic Advisor and/or locate his or her contact information from the Degree Audit Tab located on eSantaFe under the Advisement Tab.

Admissions Process
Student Status Evaluation
Advisor Meetings
Opting In or Out
Academic Resources
Career Resources
Support Services
Student Notification


Admissions Process

  • Admissions Advisors are available to help incoming students complete the admissions application, residency form, and other additional admissions requirements. Upon completion of the application, student receives a Santa Fe College ID number and an overview of the remainder of the admission/intake process. Included in the admissions process is the mandatory receipt and evaluation of the student's official high school transcripts.
  • Once received and input into eStaff (SF's homegrown ERP system), each transcript is evaluated to determine the student's eligibility for SB1720 exemption. Through the College's secure electronic notification system, each student will receive a message which confirms receipt and evaluation of high school transcripts and outlines the next step in the intake process.  Students can also monitor their progress through a new registration program designed by Santa Fe's IT department called “My Status”.  My Status interactively outlines the process for enrollment for each student individually.

Student Status Evaluation

  • If the student's information reflects that he or she entered a Florida public high school in 2003-2004 or beyond and graduated with a standard high school diploma (using withdrawal codes received from FLDOE) from a Florida public high school, he or she will receive an exemption option of Eligible. If not, he or she will receive an exemption option of Not Eligible. If there is not enough information to determine eligibility the student will be coded as Not Evaluated. Students deemed Not Evaluated or Not Eligible who wish to appeal the evaluation will be asked to submit their official high school transcript for manual evaluation by the Coordinator of Admissions Advising & Processing.
  • Students may also be classified as exempt based on active military duty status. Once a student documents active duty military status through the Veterans Affairs Office, he/she will be coded as such, showing the Exempt option: Eligible. These active military duty students will also receive a flag on their record, indicating that they are required to speak with their academic advisor to discuss educational options. Students can monitor their progress through the new registration program “My Status” designed to interactively outline the process of enrollment for each student individually.
  • Once exemption status is determined, the student will be either directed (through My Status) to speak with his or her academic advisor (if eligible) or to test (if not eligible or not evaluated). Individual academic advisement is based on each student's specific situation.

Advisor Meetings

  • Students will be directed to make  an appointment to meet with his/her assigned advisor. The purpose of this mandatory meeting is to explore college readiness, placement testing, exemption and non-exemption, developmental education options and how these interface with each student’s individual and situational needs. NOTE: All students who do not have documentation of college ready placement (Ex. SAT/ACT/PERT college level scores, appropriate transfer coursework) are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registration).
  • The name of the assigned advisor and a link to schedule a meeting with the assigned advisor and/or the advisors contact information is available within the student web portal (eSantaFe).  The advising session may be conducted in-person or on the phone.
  • During the initial appointment, all advisors ensure that
    1. students understand the purpose of the placement test and the rules of exemption,
    2. students are informed of all developmental education options,
    3. students are choosing an academic pathway or meta-major that matches their desired educational/career goals, and
    4. students are choosing a schedule that takes into account personal circumstances and other work/life obligations to ensure the greatest chance of success.
    Follow up appointments are offered for additional advisement and further educational planning.
  • Exempt students are informed that they are exempt from the requirements of common placement testing and developmental education. Advisors clarify that exempt students may enroll in any college credit course that does not require a college-level prerequisite. However, advisors also inform students
    1. that they may opt to take the common placement test to help identify where additional preparation may be needed (NOTE: students have the ability to retake the PERT if desired, a $30 fee and wait time of at least 10 business days between testing is required),
    2. that those students who opt in to testing are not required to enroll in developmental education, and
    3. that they may choose to enroll in developmental education to improve skills before enrolling in college level courses.
  • Exempt students with a high school grade point average which suggests academic weaknesses are encouraged to take the PERT test. Advisors discuss the benefits of the placement test in helping the students to make an informed decision on where to begin coursework at the College for the most successful outcome.
  • Students who are not exempt are required to take a common placement test to determine whether they are prepared for college-level courses.. The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, or PERT, is used for this purpose and the results suggest the most appropriate course placement. Students who do not meet college-ready scores  are required to enroll in developmental education. The curriculum delivery of Developmental Education is discussed with these students at their advising session.  Those students requiring special accommodations for the PERT are referred to the Disabilities Resource Center.
  • Students who score significantly above the college-ready score in mathematics may enroll in a higher level mathematics course than the entry-level course, Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033). With the exemption, students are eligible to enroll in MAT 1033; however, students may be eligible to enroll in a higher level mathematics course if they opt to take the PERT and score significantly above the college ready score. In this case, students are administered the CLM, College Level Math, test to determine higher level math placement.
  • After testing is complete for students that either have to test, or have the option to test, they will be directed to have a follow-up meeting with an academic advisor to discuss their results. This meeting may be face-to face or on the phone.

Opting In or Out

  • Students are not able to register for classes until they choose a Testing Option and Developmental Education Option.  While in eSantaFe, students must go to the Advisement Tab and then Dev Ed Options Tab and make a selection in order to proceed.  Students needing further assistance are encouraged to make an appointment with their academic advisor.  Students can schedule an appointment with their Academic Advisor and/or locate his or her contact information from the Degree Audit Tab located on eSantaFe under the Advisement Tab.

Academic Resources

  • Advisors inform students of the academic resources offered by the College to support student success. Students are encouraged to make the time to use the resources listed below. Additionally a list of resources is linked here. Look in the "General Help, Math Help, Reading Help, and Writing Help" sections of the document.
    • The Mathematics Lab focuses on helping students with their course work for all mathematics classes offered at Santa Fe. Services include tutoring in all math subjects, specialized long-term tutoring, access to computers and software including: MyMathLab, Derive, Maple, Converge, and Minitab, and check-out of educational materials which include graphing calculators, textbooks, and solutions manuals.
    • The Reading Lab offers tutoring, homework help, practice sheets, software practice, skills development, remediation and acceleration.
    • The Writing Lab helps students develop their skills in grammar and composition. This lab offers individual tutoring, practice worksheets, online skills testing and reviews as well as assistance with essays.
    • On Line-Tutoring provides 24/7 access to tutors through the student web portal (E-Santa Fe). With this resource, students work with Smart Thinking tutors on an interactive whiteboard.
    • Free Online Resources for Success and PERT Preparation
    • SLS 1101 College Success is a 3-credit hour course that helps equip students with proven strategies on preparing for exams, outlining notes, managing time, taking tests, thinking critically, using the computer and, and communicating proficiently in a diverse community and world.
    • Adult Basic Education is available for students to remediate prior to entry into college to prepare for success in developmental education courses or college level courses. Advisors may refer students with significantly low PERT scores to Adult Basic Education services.

Career Resources

  • Advisors inform students of resources that the College provides to assist in career decision-making resources. Students are encouraged to make the time to use the resources below. Additionally a list of resources is linked here. Look in the "Resources Available as you Prepare for Registration and Beyond" section of the document.
    • The Career Resource Center (CRC) is equipped with career information, career decision making tools, and staff to guide students through the process. Although advisors can provide basic information, the lab setting of the CRC provides students with opportunities for in depth information on career options as well as opportunities for exploring their own skills, interests, abilities and values.
    • On Line Resources that students can access even without visiting the lab are MyPlan Online, ACT Profile, Guide for Occupational Exploration Career Interest Inventory Online, and Career Coach.
    • Career Path Workshops are offered frequently during student intake times and are advertised during the online student success modules and student orientation.
    • SLS 1301 Life/Career Development is a 3 credit hour course designed to facilitate the career decision-making process and equip students with the necessary job search skills in the 21st century. Students engage in discussions, activities and take assessments that explore their personalities, interests, abilities and values in order to develop their self-awareness and make informed career decisions.
    • Advisors are trained to ask students frequently about their career path and related academic path. Students who are unsure are given a handout with relevant resources including the ones above and are encouraged to explore their options in a timely manner.

Support Services

  • Academic Advisors will inform students who self-disclose disabilities to the Disabilities Resource Center. The Disabilities Resource Center offers reasonable, equitable academic adjustments and services for students with disabilities.

Student Notification:

  • The College includes information about SB1720 on its Student Affairs website to educate current and prospective students about the bill and continues to notify students through its online notification system (via eStaff). In addition, incoming students, without documentation of college-level placement are mandated to meet with their academic advisor, prior to registration, to learn more about their college readiness, developmental education options and how these interface with their individual situational needs.
  • SF Students are informed about available developmental education options, as well as the availability of the above-stated resources in the following ways.