Cerritos College, a community college in Los Angeles County with approximately 23,000 credit students, was faced with two problems: entering students were unprepared for college level courses and those who needed basic skills courses were being turned away due to the lack of course availability.
Bryan Reece, Dean of Student Success and Institutional Effectiveness at Cerritos College, talks with Inside Higher Ed technology blogger (and founder of the Campus Computing Project) Casey Green about the solutions he and his team devised enabling Cerritos to reduce the time students spend in developmental education.
The changes Cerritos made to their program included:
- Accelerating the basic sills sequence
- Enhancing college preparedness using a diagnostic assessment with proven remediation
- Increasing and improving student support services
- Teaching soft skills and habits of mind through social networks and services
Through such initiatives, Cerritos College found:
- 57% of students taking their Math 20 course (basic skills math) were passing two levels of Developmental Math, and
- Increased college-wide student success rate by 5.5% and retention/complete rate 2.8% over four years
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