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Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE)

Rise Program Overview

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.

Rise Program Objective

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.

Rise Tenets

The following tenets should guide our development decisions:

  • Improve success rates in gateway level math and English classes
  • Place more students in gateway level math and English with mandated co-requisite support
  • Provide one semester (or less) of developmental education to students entering the community college system with an unweighted high school GPA below 2.2 and more than two points below the ACT benchmarks
  • Provide student success skills, growth mindset activities, and soft skills in co-requisite and transition courses
  • Provide co-requisite courses that are aligned specifically with a student’s gateway level math and English courses
  • Strive to ensure we are able to effectively collect data and assess the efficacy of RISE
  • Eliminate placement testing, except for students more than 10 years out of high school and in other rare cases
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