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"But they will be required or strongly
>encouraged to also enroll in an English and reading lab course or an
>algebra lab course."

I know what happens when I "strongly encourage" ANY of my students, or
peers for that matter, to do something.  The rest of this email explains
the results:























On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 8:12 AM, Kathryn Van Wagoner <
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> Are those support labs going to be mandatory? Just wondering….
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> Kathryn Van Wagoner
> Director, Developmental Mathematics
> Weber State University
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> On 1/23/14 5:45 AM, "Norman Stahl" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> >Miss. community colleges eye remedial courses
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> >By Associated Press, Published January 22, 2014
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> >A new structure for remedial courses at Mississippi's 15 community
> >colleges could help more students graduate more quickly.
> >The centerpiece of the model is an effort to move some students who
> >previously would have been forced to take a remedial course for no
> >academic credit into credit-bearing English and math courses. The
> >colleges would provide supporting labs to boost those borderline
> >students' performance, in hopes of helping them succeed.
> >"The sequence of remedial education can sometimes be a barrier to
> >students being successful," Jones County Junior College President Jesse
> >Smith told a joint meeting of the state House and Senate Colleges and
> >Universities committees this week.
> >Community colleges voted to adopt the changes in November and will roll
> >them out in fall 2014. Lawmakers, who have long questioned why the state
> >has to spend so much on catch-up courses, applauded the effort.
> >"I think what it will do is make things more efficient for students and
> >make sure they get that degree," said Senate Universities and Colleges
> >Committee Chairman John Polk.
> >A closer look
> >In the fall 2012 semester, 20,000 of Mississippi's 76,000 community
> >college students took at least one remedial course. Officials estimated
> >that in 2010, Mississippi spent $25 million teaching developmental
> >classes to community college students, and another $10 million teaching
> >them to students at universities.
> >Most of the students taking catch-up courses are recent high school
> >graduates who aren't prepared for college. State Superintendent Carey
> >Wright says new tougher courses being adopted at the K-12 level will
> >hopefully cut that number. Nationwide, more than 25 percent of remedial
> >students are over age 30, possibly having forgotten high school lessons.
> >The move comes after national and state studies questioned the
> >traditional remedial model, finding that students with borderline
> >qualifications appeared to do no better after taking remedial courses
> >than those who took for-credit courses. But making students take more
> >courses makes college take longer and cost more.
> >"Factors that extend the time it takes students to complete degrees are
> >also associated with a lower probability of degree completion,"
> >researchers for the Future of Childrenproject, an effort of Princeton
> >University and the Brookings Institution, wrote last year.
> >A different approach
> >The community colleges agreed to stop offering six courses and realign
> >eight others. Any student with a high school diploma or equivalent can
> >still enroll in community college. But those scoring below a 17 in
> >English and a 19 in math are likely to be steered to remedial work. Many
> >of those, though, will be enrolled in credit-bearing courses for English
> >composition I and college algebra. But they will be required or strongly
> >encouraged to also enroll in an English and reading lab course or an
> >algebra lab course.
> >Smith said those non-credit courses would meet 100 minutes a week, with
> >students using computer programs and tutors to focus on specific
> >weaknesses in each subject.
> >Research has found that such "mainstreaming" of remedial students by
> >placing them in college level courses has positive effects, if they get
> >support.
> >Students who are more poorly prepared will still be assigned to
> >lower-level remedial course, which they will have to complete before
> >taking credit courses. But Smith said that even for them, the new model
> >could cut a semester off time in community college.
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> >Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material
> >may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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> >Norman Stahl
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