We have a three-tiered developmental program in math, reading and English. 80-ish percent of incoming students need remediation. The English and reading 80 (first tier) meet 7.5 hours/week and are worth 4 semester-hours. "Lab" time is included in these 7.5 hours - the developmental classrooms are equipped with computers fro word processing or practicing specific skills with reading and grammar software. The math department changed math 80 - it was 7.5 hours/week and 4 semester-hours as well. The course started with arithmetic and finished with algebra. Students could not pass the algebra part, so math 80 was changed to a three semester-hours course (4 or 5 hours/week), and math 81 was changed to a five semester-hours course and the algebra was tacked onto that. I think it meets 7 hours/week. This new arrangement is going to pilot the fall. Overall retention rate for the 80 level - 40-ish percent :( We offer a learning community for select students in English or reading 81. It focuses around the class The College Success Seminar (CSS 110). 81 Classes meet 3 hours per week with an additional hour spent in a required lab; they are worth 4 semester-hours. Each section is assigned a mentor who teaches the CSS 110 class. Retention rates are phenomenal. There is also another learning community here - This one focuses around the Preparation for Academic Achievement (PRE 100) class. The details escape me because this community has been on hold since the coordinator left. It is to be revived this semester and offered next semester. The pilot semester had high retention rates. I believe the PRE 100 instructors were the mentors. Finally, the 82 level. They all meet 3 hours/week with a one hour/week required lab. Decent retention and pass rates with minimal additional student support. Something interesting - 100% of 80 level courses are taught by adjunct faculty. The majority are retired elementary school teachers. They have the highest pass and retention rates. Just thought I'd share... Annmarie Chiarini Academic Learning Center Coordinator Liberty Main 152 [log in to unmask] www.alc_bccc.homestead.com/home.html > The best garment is the garment of marriage. It requires that a husband and wife should be as garments for each other. Just as garments are for protection, comfort, show and concealment for human beings, so should husbands and wives be for one another.