Our last two blogs talked about Complete College America’s recent findings regarding corequisite courses, where students needing remedial education enroll directly into college-level courses and receive academic support alongside their regular classes. Let’s look at this issue a bit more, from how students are identified for corequisite enrollment to what happens AFTER they take these courses.
Identifying students for corequisite remediation begins through placement exams. The test scores help initially place a student, but do not enable community colleges to track how that student is progressing on the developmental pathway once enrolled.
Corequisite Course Success and Beyond
To get a complete picture of a remedial student’s progression, community colleges need the ability to combine placement test results with successful course completion. This will give a more complete picture of where a student started and where she stands on the path to graduation. It will also allow for in-time intervention should the student need additional support.
ZogoTech’s Student Engagement module allows community colleges to follow complete cohorts of students, like those taking corequisite classes, and drill down to determine which students have a GPA below 2.0, who has withdrawn from a core course, etc. The system provides a complete picture of student performance so the community college staff may intervene when it matters most. With customizable and pre-set alerts based on Noel-Levitz national student success criteria and others, identifying at-risk students is automated. Risk factor examples include:
- Registering for significantly more hours this semester
- Retaking one or more classes
- A significant drop in GPA
- Enrolling in one or more “gateway” course
- Missing tutoring sessions
You can read more in our last blog how Southwest Texas Junior College improved student success rates in corequisite classes by looking at these factors when determining eligibility.
The answers are in the data.
Access to Data
Simplifying the process for identifying at-risks students means more than having the right student data—it means allowing the right people access to those data. ZogoTech’s data warehouse is meant to be accessed throughout the campus, not just in research or information technology. Faculty and staff can easily filter through thousands of student records to identify at-risk students who may benefit from tutoring, supplemental instruction or academic advising.
We’re excited to see Complete College America’s report regarding corequisite remediation. Adding the right data to the mix makes the solution—and the student outcomes—more powerful.