A new program funded by the Gates Foundation will help SPC students who test into developmental reading, writing, and/or math courses get the academic help they need in reduced time and at a low cost. The goal is to avoid remediation in areas in which students already have shown proficiency and concentrate on the areas where they need instruction.
SPC will match the three-year $30,000 Gates Foundation grant.
The program, called My Bridge to Success, will begin next term.
My Bridge to Success will offer individually tailored, intensive, media-rich instruction in developmental reading, writing and math. Students will be offered developmental courses throughout the term to help them reach transfer-level courses.
The courses in the program are MAT 0990 (math), ENC 0990 (basic writing) and REA 0990 (reading).
The target population is students whose scores fall just below the proficiency level. The qualifying ranges are 50-71 in Elementary Algebra and 80-120 in Arithmetic for MAT 0990; 75-82 on Sentence Skills for ENC 0990; and 75 to 82 on Reading Comprehension for REA 0990.
Students who score within these ranges receive a card in the Testing Center and an individual score report asking them to fill out an online interest survey. Once students complete the survey, they will receive an e-mail with course descriptions, available sections, software/textbook information, and information about how to complete the diagnostic testing for each course.
Students will take one or more diagnostic tests to identify the skills areas that need remediation. In many cases, they can take a one-credit, two-credit, or three-credit course instead of the full four-credit remediation course.
Communications Dean Martha Campbell and Mathematics Dean Sharon Griggs are coordinating the project.
“This program is aimed at the highest tier of students who take the placement tests and are just below the score necessary to enter transfer-level courses,” Campbell said. “The goal is for students to take just the modules they need to be successful so they don’t have to spend time and money on areas they already know and understand.”
“We are the only school in the state doing this with all three developmental courses right now,” said Anne Cooper, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “It’s something that’s very much needed and is exactly the type of thing that is going to help fast track students into college-level courses and improve remediation success.”