HCC Co-Requisite Acceleration Program

Introduction & Benefits

In June 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the use of co-requisite remediation as a required model for students in developmental education courses. Called House Bill 2223, the law requires Texas public higher education institutions to implement a co-requisite model under which a student concurrently enrolls in a developmental-level course and college-level course in the same subject area. This requirement is only for students that place in developmental coursework in either English or Mathematics.

Starting in the fall 2018 semester, students who test into developmental English or developmental Math courses will be strongly encouraged to participate in this program by enrolling in these co-requisite course pairings. If you want to complete developmental and college-level Math and/or English in your first semester, this program is for you. Otherwise, it will take you at least two semesters to complete both your developmental and college-level requirements.

Students who test at the ABE BASE level are exempted from this requirement.

Besides completing your college-level requirement, substantial research has revealed very promising results from this practice. In fact, entire states have already made the move to have 100% of their developmental students enrolled in a co-requisite model. Results show increased success in passing college-level Math and college-level English courses in their first semester in college. Also, for students who need additional help, it will be provided via “just-in-time” academic support.

If have tested into developmental English or Mathematics, then this program may be for you! Instead of taking at least two semesters to complete both your developmental and college-level courses, you now have an excellent opportunity to complete both in one semester by enrolling in the co-requisite model – that is, taking them both during the same semester.

It is essential that you first have a conversation with your HCC Advisor to determine the best pathway for you and then register for your co-requisite courses. Your Advisor will help you determine which courses are best for you and help complete your schedule. Meet with an advisor

What Subjects Are Affected and How Does the Co-Requisite Plan Work?

Developmental Mathematics & College-Level Mathematics

Placement
If a student places into Math 0309, Math 0310, or Math 0314, there are 4 co-requisite course combinations that are possible, depending on his/her area of study:

  1. MATH 0309: Introductory Algebra and MATH 1332: Contemporary Math
  2. MATH 0310: Basic Concepts for Business Math and Statistics and MATH 1324: Math for Business and Social Sciences
  3. MATH 0310: Basic Concepts for Business Math and Statistics and MATH 1342: Statistics
  4. MATH 0314: Intermediate Algebra and MATH 1314: College Algebra

 

To determine which of the four MATH co-requisite options is best, students should discuss his/her area of study with an advisor to make the appropriate decision.

 

Enrollment Criteria
Once enrolled in a pair of co-requisite courses, students are expected to complete both courses within the same semester. Should the student need to withdraw, he/she would have the option to withdraw from both courses or withdraw from the college level course and complete the developmental course. Students will not have the option of withdrawing from the developmental course while remaining in the college-level course.

Scheduling
There are two different types of schedules in which a student may enroll in MATH co-requisite courses.

  1. 16-Week Concurrent: In this case, the student will enroll in two co-requisite MATH courses that will run concurrently for the entire 16-week semester.
  2. 8-Week Sequential: In this case, the two MATH courses are scheduled sequentially. In the first eight weeks of the semester, the student would enroll in the developmental MATH course (for example, MATH 0309) and in the second eight weeks of the semester, the student would enroll in the college-level MATH course (for example, MATH 1332).

 

Many co-requisite courses have been scheduled as a pair so that a student would sign up for both courses in that pair. These classes have been scheduled at the same location with similar times that are conveniently made to fit most student schedules.  If a student is one of the rare cases whose schedule does not accommodate any of the existing pairs, there are some unpaired sections of these courses from which that student can pick a developmental course and the corresponding college course to fit their unique schedule. 

 

ESOL, Integrated Reading & Writing, and College-Level English

Placement for INRW
If a student places into INRW 0410 or INRW 0420, the student will take ENGL 1301 and the required support course, INRW 0300. The INRW 0300 is a support course that will assist the student in being successful in the ENGL 1301 course. If a student is identified as ESOL, students take ENGL 1301 with ESOL 0370 concurrently. The course learning outcomes for INRW 0300 are the ENGL 1301 course learning outcomes. These are offered in a 16-week format.

Placement for ESOL
If a student places into ESOL 0370, he/she will be take ENGL 1301 and the required support course, ESOL 0370. The ESOL 0370 is a support course that will assist the student in being successful in the ENGL 1301 course. The course learning outcomes for ESOL 0370 are the ENGL 1301 course learning outcomes. These are offered in a 16-week format.

Important Enrollment Criteria
Once enrolled in a pair of co-requisite courses, students are expected to complete both courses within the same semester. Should the student need to withdraw, he/she would have the option to withdraw from both courses or withdraw from the college level course and complete the developmental course.  Students will not have the option of withdrawing from the developmental course while remaining in the college-level course.

Scheduling
Students take the college-level course and the INRW 0300 or ESOL 0370 concurrently, the courses are offered in a 16-week format.

 

 ENGL 1301 + INRW 0300/ESOL 0370

 

Important FAQs for Students

What does Co-Requisite Remediation mean?
Co-Requisite Remediation means that a student will take both the developmental-level course and the college-level course in one semester. This is to assist students in successfully completing a college-level course in the first semester.

What are the benefits to me?
There are several benefits:

  • It will save you time and money.
  • It will offer you the individualized support you need to be successful in passing the college-level course, and then you will be in a position to continue on your degree pathway.
  • Research shows that students who take advantage of this model are more likely to be successful in their college-level course and more likely to stay on track and complete a degree.

What courses do I take if I am placed in Math?
You will have two options:

  • You will take the developmental math in the first 8 weeks and then the college-level math in the second 8 weeks. In the college-level math course there will be additional support to enable you to be successful. You must in enroll in both courses at the same time.
  • You will take the developmental math course and the college-level math course at the same time in the regular term semester. The professors will be providing additional support to enable you to be successful.

What courses do I take if I am placed for INRW?
You will enroll in ENGL 1301 and INRW 0300. You will take both courses for the full, regular-term semester. The INRW 0300 is a support course that provides you with the attention you need to be successful in the ENGL 1301 course. You must enroll in both sections at the same time.

What courses do I take if I am placed for ESOL?
You will enroll in ENGL 1301 and ESOL 0370. You will take both courses for the full, regular-term semester. The ESOL 0370 is a support course that provides you with the attention you need to be successful in the ENGL 1301 course. You must enroll in both sections at the same time.

What happens if I drop the developmental course?
If you drop the developmental course, you will not be allowed to continue in the college-level course.

What do I do if I have more questions about this?
If you have more questions, make an appointment to see your advisor in order to get all of your questions answered.