Bridging the Gap
The 2018 Bridging the Gap grant aims to reduce remediation and promote student readiness for college level coursework as well as the seamless transition from high school to college. The purpose of the grant is to shorten time to degree completion through transitional mathematics course development and / or co-requisite remediation efforts while encouraging college and career readiness. The FY2018 iteration of this project will focus on Mathematics only. Because of potential delays caused by increased pre-application requirements, the ICCB is releasing this opportunity early with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. However, all funding is contingent upon continued support from the Illinois State Board of Education and Authorization from the General Assembly. The proposals are due no later than Monday, June 19, 2017.
Developmental Education at Illinois community colleges is an approach to education that focuses on helping students achieve their full potential, through accessible pathways to college completion. Through Developmental Education, colleges are able to support both academic and personal growth of under-prepared students through instruction, counseling, advising, and tutoring. Unfortunately, many developmental students face tremendous barriers, with less than one quarter of developmental students actually completing a degree or certificate within eight years of enrollment into college. Addressing the needs of developmental students is one of the most challenging and important issue facing community colleges in Illinois.
- Developmental education enrollment and rate of overall enrollment have remained relatively constant over the last ten years.
- Students indicated being in Baccalaureate/Transfer Curriculums accounted for 50 percent developmental education enrollments.
- The majority (8 out ten) of community colleges are within 10 percent of the statewide rate of students enrolling in developmental education courses.
- Approximately 60 percent of students in developmental education take Math Only.