Students entering a NC Community College will be placed by unweighted high school GPA into one of three opportunities. Students with a GPA 2.8+ may register for any class without mandatory additional supports. Students with a GPA 2.2 - 2.799 may enroll in a gateway math or English course with a mandatory co-requisite. Students with a GPA < 2.2 must enroll in a one semester transition math and/or English course.
The objective of RISE is to increase gatekeeper momentum. Over the last several years, developmental education has been reformed from semester-long courses to one-credit math modules and 8-week integrated reading and writing courses, a new placement test has been created, and the primary form of placement has been unweighted high school GPA of 2.6. Success in gateway classes has improved but not quickly enough. Goals of RISE include properly placing students into gateway level courses with or without mandated co-requisite supports, elimination of a placement test (except for students more than 10 years out of high school and other rare cases), and raising the GPA criteria from 2.6 to 2.8.
The following tenets should guide our development decisions: