Prof. Beth-Ann Scott, Department Chair of Developmental English
Prof. Jane Wampler, Department Chair, Mathematics
In an effort to help college students keep within their credit limits and save on their financial aid expenses, the state of CT passed legislation that changed the way colleges deliver developmental English and Math courses: Public Act 12-40 (PA 1240). This law asks that colleges shorten developmental sequencing, so students do not end up with too many credits that cannot be used toward graduation and will, ultimately, save some of their financial aid dollars.
The English and Math Departments created new courses and lessened credits for developmental sequences. All developmental courses must follow a new order created by the Board of Regents: Transitional, Intensive, and Embedded. Placement into these levels will depend upon Accuplacer scores in math, reading comprehension, sentence skills, and other multiple measures (high school transcripts, work schedules, and grit/perseverance of the student).
Students may now be able to complete English and Math developmental sequencing in one semester instead of two semesters (or one academic year). This will expediate students through their schooling and may help more students graduate since they won't spend so much time taking courses that don't count toward their major
EDUC 5015: A 12-week course designed to prepare students for ENG 096. The course itself, textbooks, and educational platform are provided by NVCC.
ENG 096: The class is a typical 3-credit developmental course with the addition of mandatory Supplemental Instruction in the ACE. In the spring semester, a one-hour lab time will be added to the course for SI at no additional cost to the students. Students who successfully complete the course are ready to take ENG 101 Composition.
ALP ENG 063: Introduction to the Essay/ENG 101 Composition: Students take both classes in one semester (instead of two semesters) with additional writing support and two separate grades for each part of the course. An added bonus of taking these accelerated classes is the ability to take other courses that have a co-requisite of ENG 101. For example, if a student is enrolled in an ALP English course, she may also enroll in PSY 111 and COM 100 during the same semester.
EDUC 5016: A 12-week course designed to prepare students for Math 095: Beginning Algebra. The course itself and the educational platform are provided by NVCC. Students take a Diagnostic Test on the first day to be exempt from topics they already know.
Math 094: Introductory Algebra: Students learn topics from Beginning Algebra with just-in-time remediation of arithmetic topics. Students meet with an instructor for 4 hours each week and a Supplemental Instructor for 1 hour each week. Students who successfully complete the course will advance to Math 137: Intermediate Algebra.
Math 136: Intermediate Algebra with Lab: Students learn topics from both Beginning and Intermediate Algebra. Students meet with an instructor for 4 hours per week and a Supplemental Instructor for 1 hour per week. Students who successfully complete the course advance to a college level mathematics class determined by their major.