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Points of Interest

Co-requisites Improve Course Pass Rates

March 18, 2020
Vilan Odekar
This Points of Interest shows that students who take co-requisite college-level math courses pass at a higher rate than students who take the traditional developmental math sequence.
Learning from the Reform

2020 Learning Network Convening Program

March 13, 2020
Christopher M. Mullin
Strong Start to Finish’s 2020 Learning Network Convening was a held in Miami the first week of March. Highlights are hard to extract, as each session brought value to participants. To that end, we have decided to share the program here.
Points of Interest

Students’ Coursetaking Experiences

March 11, 2020
Vilan Odekar
This Points of Interest shows that a higher percentage of Black and Hispanic students took developmental courses in their first year of college than other student groups.
Points of Interest

Uneven Implementation

March 4, 2020
Vilan Odekar
This Points of Interest shows that California Community Colleges offer a greater number of transfer-level English sections than transfer-level math sections.
People in the Reform

People in the Reform: Jeremiah Pitts

February 28, 2020
Jillian Ives
Hear how Jeremiah Pitts, Associate Professor of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Albany State University, uses a technique called communicative language teaching that focuses on helping students use language in real-life scenarios.
Points of Interest

Strong Implementers of Reform

February 26, 2020
Vilan Odekar
This Points of Interest shows that half of California’s community colleges are already strong implementers of AB 705 in either English or math or both.
Steps to Success

Co-Requisite Mathematics Models and Gateway Completion

February 20, 2020
Abderrazak Belkharraz Idrissi, Jeanne Funk, Milena Cuellar
In this Steps to Success paper, we see how LaGuardia Community College responded to a long-standing crisis in the math remediation approach to bring transformative change to scale via the math co-requisite project. Designed to achieve the same learning objectives as their standalone college-level counterparts, their model uses a single course structure with extended instructional time, allowing for integrated just-in-time support for basic skills material.
Points of Interest

Dramatic Growth in Corequisite Remediation

February 19, 2020
Vilan Odekar
This Points of Interest shows that an overwhelming majority of California Community Colleges offer co-requisite remediation, a significant increase from 2017.
Points of Interest

Increasing Gateway Completion

February 12, 2020
Vilan Odekar
This Points of Interest shows that when students begin directly in a gateway college course, with or without co-requisite support, they are more likely to complete the course than if they are placed initially in a remedial course.