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An Opportunity for Success

This Points of Interest from Strong Start to Finish highlights one benefit of co-requisite courses: Improved college-level math and English outcomes in one academic year.
November 13, 2018
Maxine T. Roberts
Tags: Acceleration, 4. Streamline remediation options., Transfer and Course Applicability

A focus on improving academic outcomes in developmental education has prompted the redesign of math and English courses. The co-requisite model departs from the developmental approach by placing students into entry-level college math and English courses and providing academic support to improve their chances for success. This differs from the traditional prerequisite approach, which requires that students pass one or more non-credit developmental courses before they take college-level math and English. When students enter college and are placed into co-requisite courses, they earn college credit after passing these courses and as such, have fewer exit points in college.

When 13 community colleges in Tennessee implemented the co-requisite structure, students benefitted from the new model. Under the new structure, the percentage of students who passed college-level courses increased from 12% to 51% in math and from 31% to 59% in English within one academic year. These results highlight one benefit of co-requisite courses: Improved college-level math and English outcomes in one academic year.