Charleston Gazette-Mail | Test could exempt W.Va. students from remedial college courses

Maybe this explains some of the odd things that have been going on with my developmental math classes….

The HEPC has been seeking to dissuade colleges from placing students in zero-credit remedial courses that haven’t proven effective.

“Results have been mixed at best,” Dennison said. “Completion rates are low for students, particularly students that have to take multiple developmental courses.”

While they wouldn’t ban zero-credit development courses completely, the changes would require colleges to implement “co-requisite” alternative classes. These may include “stretch” courses, where classes normally taught in one semester are taught over two to give students extra time, or courses where students in need of remediation sit beside students who don’t, but then head to an extra 2-hour session after each class for more help from instructors.

Similar policy changes will be presented Aug. 20 to the council overseeing the state’s Community and Technical College System so they can be approved to also affect the state’s 2-year schools. Sarah Tucker, interim chancellor of the CTCS, said that the system challenged state community colleges in January 2014 to replace all of their zero-credit developmental courses with co-requisite courses, and many, if not most, already have.

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail | Test could exempt W.Va. students from remedial college courses