Remedy for removal of remediation

Sonia Lemus

Illustration by Kristin Parulan/ The Runner

 

Assistant News Editor

   Since the CSU Chancellor’s Office announced the end of remediation on Aug. 3, CSU Bakersfield has been working on a plan to tackle the new implementation.

   Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jenny Zorn said there is currently a task force in place that includes the English, math, sociology and psychology departments. The task force has been working to provide a plan in response to Executive Order 1110, which eliminates remedial courses and entrance exams.

   Remedial courses are math and English courses that students must take if they are not yet at college level math or English.

   “The task force has been working since the beginning of classes this fall,” said Zorn.

   The plan is to give support to the students who will be placed into collegiate level courses.

   “Support can be a mixture of things: tutoring, supplemental instruction, co-requisite classes,” said Zorn.

   Supplemental instruction can be an additional class following the scheduled class in which instruction would be provided to students that are not yet at the collegiate level, explained Zorn.

   Kinesiology major Mitchell Woodbury spoke about his own experience with passing a calculus class.

   “Having supplemental instruction isn’t a bad thing. I took the supplementary course, worked hard and passed,” said Woodbury.

   Students are familiar with prerequisite courses, which are basic courses that students are required to take before they enroll in certain upper division courses. Co-requisite courses are similar to taking the prerequisite courses and the upper division course at the same time said Zorn.

   “We are also working with high schools, so that they are preparing students so that they can be ready to take college level courses,” said Zorn.

   Instead of entrance exams, CSUB will now look for a combination of SAT and AP test scores, and GPA said Zorn.

   CSUB’s plan will be finalized by this semester.

   “We have to have it done before this term, the reason is we have those courses in the catalog and have the curriculum planned out,” said Zorn.

   Students say they are glad the school is working on a plan to help future students.

   “It sounds like a good idea in the long run. It will help other students in the future,” said child, adolescent, and family studies major, Sandra Mejia.

   Zorn said, one of the reasons remediation was cancelled was that students didn’t receive college credit for those courses.

   “Research finds that remediation is a reason for students not staying in school,” said Zorn.

  Some students are glad that they will receive college credit for all classes.

   “You should be working on your bachelors toward your degree,” said Woodbury.

   Incoming freshman won’t have remedial classes for Fall 2018.