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Higher Pass Rates with Co-Requisites

This Points of Interest shows that co-requisites result in higher pass rates in non-STEM college-level courses for Black and Hispanic students.
April 8, 2020
Vilan Odekar
Tags: Accurate Placement, Student Supports, 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., 3. Provide supports., 7. Prioritize the student experience., Structuring Equity

As co-requisite remediation gains popularity in community colleges across the nation, a key question remains: Do minority students who are traditionally placed in developmental education benefit from co-requisites? At LaGuardia Community College (LCC) in Western Queens, New York, the answer is yes.

LCC is part of the City University of New York and serves nearly 100,000 students each year of which 87% are minorities. LCC began experimenting with co-requisite math courses in the spring of 2013. By the fall of 2014, LCC offered two non-STEM co-requisite courses – elementary statistics and college algebra – and introduced a third one on quantitative reasoning in the fall of 2018. The traditional success rate in gateway courses for students of color who go through the developmental math sequence is low. With co-requisites, however, these students experience a jump in success rate. For Hispanic students, the average success rate in a non-STEM co-requisite course is 65% and for Black students 61%.

This Points of Interest shows that co-requisites result in higher pass rates in non-STEM college-level courses for Black and Hispanic students.