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Opinion: California students can succeed in math, English

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/14/opinion-helping-california-community-college-students-pass-math-english/
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Mar 14, 2019 2:14 AM 1+ week ago

At Los Medanos College, our faculty have worked hard for decades to offer the best possible education to all our students. English and math faculty have invested thousands of hours in training, keeping abreast of the current professional literature, and refining their programs and their teaching to better serve students.

Yet it has been frustrating to see that students identified as "underprepared" -- those required to take pre-college courses -- were not succeeding. Just 42 percent of these students transferred to a four-year college or completed a degree or certificate within six years, and most left community college before completing the English and math courses required for a bachelor's degree.

After years of grappling with the problem, we are turning it around with a solution that has been counterintuitive for many of us. It turns out that students are more prepared than we'd believed, and the best way to help them succeed is to allow them to enroll directly in transferable, ...

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