The Weatherford College Board of Trustees heard a report at their meeting Thursday afternoon that highlighted the success of mathematics co-requisite courses for at-risk students.
Many students at risk of failing freshman level math are now being guided to an 8-week/8-week model featuring a developmental course for the first half of the semester that prepares them for the college-level course in the second half of the semester. Student earn 6 hours of math credit for successful completion of the course.
Adam Finley, executive dean of student services, provided data to the board outlining how the number of students attaining a C or higher in freshman level developmental math jumped from 49.6 percent in the 16-week class to 72.8 percent in the 8-week model. Those students in the co-requisite model went on to complete the college-level course with a D or higher (passing) at a rate of 85.9 percent.
“The co-requisite model is definitely a good fit for many students, but it’s not a good fit for all students,” Finley said. “You have to have other pathways. For students who need more time, this condenses a lot of material into eight weeks. Many students learn well that way, but not all students.”
The option to offer co-requisite courses for students in need of developmental offerings was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2017 with a phase-in period of three years with 75 percent of developmental students being enrolled in co-requisite courses by the fall of 2020.
“The state’s mandate is real, but the state’s expectation is that we serve the student,” said Mike Endy, vice president of instruction and student services. “And if the student isn’t being served, we have to develop a mechanism to identify that and deal with it appropriately because counting them as numbers is not the goal. Serving them as people is the goal.”
In other business, the board:
- Approved the minutes from the Jan. 10 meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending Dec. 31 and Jan. 31.
- Approved budget amendment No. 2.
- Approved AA and AS field of study degree designations.
- Approved a change order for the Wise County campus roofing contract.
- Approved TASB policy service update 35.
- Received an update on the demand study.
- Received a report on Guided Pathways.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:
- Recognized the WC Workforce Education department on their work that led to WC being named Educational Partner of the Year by Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas.
- Recognized Dr. Arleen Atkins for being named as one of Parker County Today magazine’s 100 most interesting people to meet.
- Recognized Dr. Andra Cantrell, Adam Finley and Doug Jefferson for leading a group for WC students to Austin for Community College Students Day. The group toured the capitol and had a private audience with State Representative Phil King.
- Announced his recent trip to the Texas Success Center 2019 Board of Trustees Institute in Marble Falls, which was also attended by board secretary Lela Morris and board members Dr. Robert Marlett and Elaine Carter. As a result of the institute, the board will schedule a retreat for strategic planning purposes later this spring.
- Recognized Stephanie Jimenez on her recent award as the NTJCAC Softball Position Player of the Week for Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
- Announced the WC has been nominated for East Parker County Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year Award.
- Reported WC exceeded record enrollment again this spring. As of the official count date, there were 5,913 students enrolled for the Spring 2019 semester.