Modified Developmental and Gateway Courses

Modified developmental and gateway courses based upon modularized, contextualized, and accelerated curriculum have been conducted spring 2015 semester.  The mathematics courses are based upon the Cleveland Model and the English ALP class (Accelerated Learning Program) from the Community College of Baltimore.  Our math courses utilize MyMathLabPlus to complete homework and take assessments.  Each course consists of 10-12 mini-modules that contain at least one homework set, a quiz, a midterm, and final exam.  Students are encouraged to complete at least one module per week but may work at his/her own level/speed, even completing the course and accelerating to the following course.  Instructors have class in the math lab, but students are required to attend additional proctored lab hours beyond the class meeting.  In English, students are enrolled in both a developmental and gateway course the same semester and earn six credits (with successful completion).  The designated section of ENG 101 is earmarked for the group of students who attend ENG 093 (the companion course) beforehand with the same instructor.  In order to remove the stigma of developmental enrollment and to promote better writing, reading, study, and participation skills, they are mixed with regular non-developmental students in English 101; therefore, the credit-bearing course does not change—only the companion course changes as it functions as supplemental instruction that facilitates success in the gateway course.  We opted for this model because research has revealed students complete ENG 101 nearly twice the rate of non-ALP students in traditional remedial courses and go on to complete English 102 at a higher rate.

Both of these models have been successful at our institution.  In fact, all MTH 090 classes fall 2016 will be offered in this format as well as 12 out of the 18 MTH 098 offerings.  Additionally, ALPs and AMPs will continue fall.  At the state level, a combined reading and writing course has been approved which will probably be developed this fall and incorporated next fall to promote further acceleration through developmental coursework in English. We are also converting to a new placement test: Accuplacer, so cut scores and multiple measurements will be used for the first time in unison for placement into devlopmental coursework.

 

 

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