For far too many students, postsecondary remedial education is a dead end. About 40 percent of all students entering postsecondary education in recent years have required remedial courses prior to enrolling in credit-bearing courses.i The problem is significant at all institutions but exceptionally dramatic at two-year colleges where about 60 percent of entering students require remediation. Unfortunately, students taking remedial courses are much less likely to graduate with a postsecondary degree than those not needing remediation.ii
Fall 2016, Cuyamaca College will not offer math courses at two or more levels below transfer. Instead students will enroll directly into intermediate algebra while concurrently enrolling in a support course which leads to transfer-level statistics (Stats Academy). The results? More than two-thirds of all students passed the regular math class on their first try – and 62 percent of students who would have been classified as the lowest level passed.
College students are more likely to complete a degree in a timely fashion if they choose a program and develop an academic plan early on, have a clear road map of the courses they need to take to complete a credential, and receive guidance and support to help them stay on plan. However, most community colleges, rather than offering structured pathways to a degree, operate on a self-service or “cafeteria” model, allowing students to choose from an abundance of disconnected courses, programs, and support services.1 Students often have difficulty navigating these choices and end up making poor decisions about what program to enter, what courses to take, and when to seek help. Many drop out of college altogether
1. Enable student success by removing barriers to education completion with improved career exploration and planning, work-based learning, and other support.
2. Put industry at the forefront of career pathway development with clear, defined sequences for learning industry-valued skills.
3. Continuously improve programs based on robust metrics and outcome data.
4. Streamline the curriculum-approval process. Currently, it takes too long, leaving students without timely skills that employers require.
Cuyamaca Library supports the student success and retention rates: