Low mathematics scores on the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) placement test mandate that students entering college must take a developmental math course.
Lone Star College-Kingwood’s math program and Continuing Education (CE) Department is offering SKIP-A-MATH, a new program in which eligible students, who did not place into credit level math on the TSIA test, can enroll into a two-week intensive math course that could allow them to skip a developmental class. The rigorous session is designed to address gaps in learning, which students exhibited when they took the placement test. Once a student completes TSIA, advising personnel can decide to refer the student to CE to enroll in the two-week course that will focus on the area of deficiency.
“Recognizing that many students do not need to complete a 16-week course of study in mathematics remediation, the math department and CE created short term options for students needing a brush up or a refresher course,” said Shelley Caraway, dean of the Math, Engineering, Education, and Student Success Division.
The intensive two-week course begins Dec. 2 and ends Dec. 13. Students will meet for three hours a week and are required to spend significant time outside of the class working through an online curriculum. Students who successfully complete the coursework in their areas of weakness can place into the next higher level of math. These courses ultimately save a semester of developmental coursework for students.
“Students who completed this course during the first two weeks of fall 2013 were very successful in placing into the next higher level of math,” Caraway said. “Rather than spending the spring semester completing developmental courses, many of these students will instead enroll in credit level math classes.”
Students who are not successful in the two-week course can enroll in a 16-week developmental math course in the spring. Deadline to enroll in the program is Dec. 2. The cost is $71 with no additional charge for course materials. At this time, financial aid is not available for these courses.
For more information or to determine eligibility, call LSC-Kingwood’s Advising Office at 281-312-1613.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
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