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Riverside Community College

Will the redesign be sustained now that the grant period is over?

All three RCC campuses successfully implemented the full redesign with all 3600 students, demonstrating increased student learning gains and decreased costs. Nevertheless, some faculty preferred the old model. In response to that faculty preference, a number of changes have occurred on the three campuses. In fall 2002, RCC began offering a choice of either the redesigned or traditional lecture format at two of the campuses. Altogether 11 redesigned sections (enrolling 805 students) and 10 traditional sections (enrolling 500 students) were offered. The third campus has developed a model that uses the Math Collaboratory but also incorporates pencil and paper homework requirements.

The Spotlight Sessions are now known as lectures and the Math Collaboratory is now called a Math Lab. Topics and term schedules are still coordinated between two of the campuses because some students use labs on both campuses; however, tests are developed independently. Although the workshops on math study skills and time management were successful, they are no longer part of the redesigned course. These techniques have been combined into a credit course not applicable to a degree which is offered occasionally.

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