It used to be that first-year CSU students who struggled with math or English were placed in remedial education classes to prepare them to do college-level work. Because they received no credit for these courses, that often meant they spent more time and money attending college before earning their degree.
In fall 2018, that changed. The CSU eliminated these developmental courses, and now students like California State University, Dominguez Hills sophomore Roger Perez earn credit right from the start. Plus, they get extra instruction; as a freshman, Perez received two-and-a-half hours of additional teaching on statistics and algebra every week.
“I took advantage of the review class for math every Friday,” remembers Perez, a first-generation student. “They had a student teacher who went over the lessons we learned throughout the whole week. It helped me a lot because it could get a little overwhelming.”
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