Delta College Placement Prep Program
The Delta College Placement Prep Program is designed to get students to learn more about the placement test Delta uses to place students into college-level and remedial courses. The program is free, only takes about seven minutes, and it occurs in person outside of the Delta College Testing Center, immediately prior to a student's first time testing. A randomized controlled study conducted in spring of 2014 by Alexandros M. Goudas, the Delta College Developmental Education Coordinator, showed that the Placement Prep Program significantly reduces placement into remedial writing, reading, and math (study forthcoming). This is primarily due to students better understanding how to approach and navigate the test. A Placement Prep Program administrator will be in front of the Delta College Testing Center part-time this year, but if students wish to receive the program at another time, at no cost, they should contact Alex Goudas.
The Bridge Program provides support, advisement, and educational success planning for academically at-risk students. Students who score in a certain range on the COMPASS assessment are required to meet with the Bridge Program Coordinator before courses can be taken. This meeting helps students increase awareness of college requirements, prepare for college courses, and plan for future success.
Moving Up is a program designed as a brief refresher for students in basic English and mathematics skills so that they can retest the COMPASS assessment and increase their scores. It is a two-week initiative that has students learn and practice English and math skills daily before retesting using the COMPASS. Though this program is not offered currently, it was implemented from 2010 to 2012. During that time, this program successfully moved up many students into higher-level developmental and college-level courses. The two Intermediate School Districts we worked with have since integrated this program into their regular college preparation curriculum.
The Advance Program is a successful, cost-effective program designed to use our current placement assessment as a secondary assessment for those students who place into developmental courses in reading, writing, and/or math. If first-time students place into any of these categories, they are encouraged to take one free retest in order to test out of a developmental course. Many of the students who take advantage of the program benefit greatly from it. In fact, just this past year the program saved over $100,000 for students.
Math Booster is designed for students who believe they can, with a little polish, move up a level in a developmental course or move out of developmental courses altogether. Math Booster is a two- to three-week program. The first week is numerical literacy, and the second week is Algebra, and if there is a third week, it involves Intermediate Algebra. At the end of each week, students retake the COMPASS test as well as Delta's division placement tests. Math Booster is offered at no charge to students and is successful in moving many students out of developmental courses before they even take classes.
Delta has three developmental math courses:
MTH 092 : Basic Math MTH 096: Pre-Algebra MTH 097: Algebra I
This normal sequence takes one and a half years to complete. Using an immersion model, we have set up the sequence so it can be completed in only one semester.
Computer Rental Program
The program is designed for students who might not have access to a computer at home. They can rent the computer for the semester for $130. The computer is then returned to the college at the end of the semester.
Counselor-Enhanced Learning Communities (CELCs), linked with Structured Learning Assistants (SLAs) and Counselors, are course structures that provide students a holistic approach to academic success. Students who sign up for CELCs take their courses with the same cohort of students for an entire semester. Studies show that this format, along with extra support offered by SLAs and Counselors, helps students bond with peers, learn more, and enjoy their college experience. CELCs are offered as two, three, or four courses linked together. Students interested in CELCs should look for a Learning Communities note within course descriptions.
MyAlert is an early intervention and retention initiative providing outreach, support, and referral for at-risk students. Faculty are encouraged to refer struggling students to this voluntary support program. Once referred, students are contacted by a staff member in order to plan for and implement positive change for student success.