Percentage of students who completed gatekeeper math courses after eight years
First-time freshmen who enrolled in California Community Colleges in 2000-01 and enrolled in developmental math
Overall, some 30 percent of students who enrolled in developmental math courses completed gatekeeper math courses within eight years. Students who enrolled in developmental math courses one level below the college level completed gatekeeper math courses at a higher rate than students who enrolled in developmental math courses two or more levels below the college level (39 percent vs. 30–31 percent).
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.
Gatekeeper math course: Degree-applicable nontransferable math courses.
Percentage calculated by author.
State of California, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. (2009, September). Basic skills accountability report, 2009. Sacramento, CA: Author.