Tuesday, November 17, 2009
At STCC like other community colleges, the majority of incoming students place into developmental mathematics. This means that they have to take preparatory courses – algebra or arithmetic – before beginning college level mathematics.
Looking at this issue, Steven Davis of the Davis Foundation and former owner of Lenox Saw commented recently that this is rework since students should have acquired those mathematics skills in High School. And to address this problem will require cooperation between high schools and colleges. Although traditionally, there has been a gap between these two segments of education, there are signs of new cooperation. An important example has taken place at Seminole State College of Florida, a community college near
“The main problem was obvious:
Only one school, Oviedo High, initially accepted the challenge. Seminole State College provided the course content and mentoring, and
Within a few years, Oviedo High reduced its remediation rate from 70 percent to 10 percent. A team of SSC and
(Go to http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/editorial/ci_13710499?source=rss for the full article.)
This example is encouraging; we are trying to institute a similar program here at STCC.