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October 12, 2015 - oklahoma Selected to participate in national scaling corequisite  RSS feed

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Complete College America, an organization dedicated to increasing our nation’s college degree completion rate, recently announced that Oklahoma is one of eight states selected to participate in the first cohort of the National Scaling Corequisite Initiative, beginning with a National Academy on Scaling Corequisite Support. The academy’s fall 2015 cohort will convene Nov. 17-18 in Indianapolis.

As a participant in the initiative, Oklahoma has committed to scaling the implementation of corequisite academic support at most institutions that currently deliver remedial education, with a goal of serving the vast majority of students who would otherwise be placed in traditional remedial education. A corequisite model provides students the opportunity to complete college-level math and English courses within one academic year in college.

The goal for all states participating in the fall 2015 cohort is to fully scale a strategy that impacts most students by fall 2017.

“The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education is pleased to have been chosen to partner with Complete College America on yet another national initiative designed to strengthen our college degree completion efforts,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Corequisite courses give students the unique opportunity to move through remedial and gateway coursework more efficiently so they can complete their degrees on time.”

Data presented at a recent national CCA gathering of 200 faculty, administrators and system-level leaders from various states showed that students enrolled in single-semester, corequisite English courses typically succeeded at twice the rate of students enrolled in traditional prerequisite English courses. The study found that students enrolled in corequisite gateway math courses aligned with their chosen programs of study saw results at five to six times the success rates of traditional remedial math sequences.

"For too long, traditional remediation has been a barrier to college-level work, relegating students to courses that don’t count toward their degrees and that cost them and their families precious time and money. Oklahoma’s leaders have stepped forward and committed to a better future – one where students receive the support they need alongside college-level work,” said CCA Senior Vice President Bruce Vandal. “As participants in Complete College America’s National Scaling Corequisite Initiative, the state’s leaders will implement corequisite remediation, dramatically increasing gateway course success and putting many more students on track for graduation.”

Since 2011, Oklahoma has partnered with CCA to ensure production of a highly skilled, college-educated workforce to attract and retain quality jobs and help grow the state’s economy. Oklahoma’s goal is to increase the number of degrees and certificates earned by an average of 1,700 per year, resulting in a 67 percent increase by 2023. The state has surpassed its third-year benchmark for the degree completion initiative, which called for a cumulative increase of 5,100 degrees and certificates. Oklahoma institutions conferred 2,945 additional degrees and certificates in year one, 3,577 in year two and 1,842 in year three, for a three-year total of 8,364. Oklahoma’s five-point plan to increase degree and certificate completion is recognized by CCA as the national model.

Established in 2009, CCA is a national nonprofit organization working to significantly increase the number of Americans with a college degree. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education, CCA focuses on state policy change and building consensus among state leaders, higher education and the national education policy community.

Oklahoma is a member of the CCA Alliance of States, and CCA is integral to Gov. Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma Works initiative and its National Governors Association counterpart, America Works.