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     STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2014

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S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

REQUESTING THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND TO REPORT TO THE

SENATE ON REMEDIATION REFORM

     

     Introduced By: Senators Satchell, Picard, Metts, Bates, and Gallo

     Date Introduced: June 20, 2014

     Referred To: Placed on Senate Calendar

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     WHEREAS, Remedial courses may be a deterrent or an impediment to the completion of

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higher education degrees and certificates; and

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     WHEREAS, One of the best practices in remediation consists of students' enrollment in

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college-level courses while simultaneously receiving remedial support aligned to the college-level

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course(s); and

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     WHEREAS, Completion of a set of credit-bearing courses for a program of study is a

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critical measure of success toward post-secondary higher education completion; and

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     ¬†WHEREAS, The content in required courses should align with the program of study,

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including, but not limited to, mathematics; and

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     WHEREAS, Enrollment in entry college-level courses should be the default placement

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for many more students than is current practice; and

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     WHEREAS, Students who are significantly underprepared for college-level academics

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require accelerated routes into programs of study through the use of programs, such as summer

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intensive programs designed to remediate many areas of general education courses; and

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     WHEREAS, Additional academic support should be integrated with a general education

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college-level course as a co-requisite and not a prerequisite; and

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     WHEREAS, A remedial writing pilot program modeled after Baltimore Community

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College's Accelerated Learning Program is scheduled to begin in the fall semester of 2014; now,

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therefore be it

 

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     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

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hereby respectfully requests that the Community College of Rhode Island provides a report on or

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before March 1, 2015, and annually thereafter, to the President of the Senate, with the results of

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the pilot program for writing remediation that is scheduled to begin in the fall semester of 2014.

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The report should include a description of the pilot, the total number of students enrolled in the

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pilot, the number of those students who successfully completed the credit-bearing general

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education writing requirement, number of students retained and for the number of semesters

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enrolled and any degrees or certificates earned. Additionally, the report shall discuss the schedule

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for college-wide expansion of the writing remediation program, if successful results are achieved,

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and the schedule and description regarding the expansion of the program into reading

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remediation; and be it further

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     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby respectfully requests the Community College of

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Rhode Island to report on or before April 1, 2015, to the President of the Senate, a proposal on a

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redesign of the mathematics remediation program. This report should include a description of the

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new delivery method(s) for mathematics remediation designed to further the student in

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completion of credit-bearing courses and certificate and degree earning programs, the plan for

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implementation and the cost for implementation; and be it further

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     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to

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transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the President of the Community College of

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Rhode Island.

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