Percentage of students who completed a gatekeeper course in English and percentage who completed a gatekeeper course in math within three years
First-time degree-seeking students enrolled in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in fall 2004, including students who began in summer 2004 and dual-enrolled students
About one-half (51 percent) of VCCS students completed a gatekeeper English course within three years, while about one-quarter (27 percent) completed a gatekeeper math course.
There is general consensus that timely completion of gatekeeper courses, the lowest-level college-level courses in the core subjects of mathematics, reading, and writing, positively affects student outcomes such as attainment of certificates and degrees and transfer to a four-year institution. Completion of gatekeeper courses fulfills requirements for graduation and transfer as well as prerequisites for more advanced courses in various fields.
Students with missing grades were excluded from calculations.
Gatekeeper courses: any college-level English or math course.
Virginia's Community Colleges. (2009, August). On the road to success—some intermediate milestones, Issue #9. Richmond, VA: Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.