Student Development (SDV) Courses

VCCS Policy

A one-credit student development course is required for graduation in all degree programs and in some certificate programs. The purpose of the student development courses is to help new students be successful in college and to acquire practical information about career exploration, college resources and services, study skills, time and stress management, and educational opportunities. The requirement may be waived for students who hold an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution. Other requests for a waiver may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who receive a waiver for SDV must complete 1 credit of additional coursework to be eligible for graduation.

All students who are enrolled in a curricular program, for which SDV is a requirement, must take the SDV course within their first 15 credit hours. Students placing into developmental courses must take SDV during their first semester of enrollment.