One of the most significant challenges confronting community colleges
across the country is remediation - and the number of students who enter
post-secondary education unprepared for college-level work. Daley
College has already begun to tackle this challenge through its
"Comprehensive Academic Support and Help to Return on Investment" (CASH
to ROI) initiative.
Piloted at Daley College in the spring of 2011 under
the leadership of President Jose Aybar and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs Keith McCoy, the
program supplements regular remedial coursework with facilitated
tutoring in core skills and academic advising.
Results from the
program's first semester were promising. Program participants did
significantly better at the end of their spring coursework than
- Among CASH to ROI participants enrolled in
English 98, 85 percent received an A, B, or C in the course, whereas,
only 42 percent of non-participants were successful;
- Among CASH to ROI participants enrolled in Math 98, 82 percent
received an A, B, or C in the course, whereas, only 39 percent of
non-participants were successful;
- Among CASH to ROI participants enrolled in Reading 99, 91 percent
received an A, B, or C in the course, whereas only 40 percent of
non-participants were successful.
"We are excited by the positive correlations between student
participation in CASH to ROI and success in remedial courses," said Dr.
Aybar. "The results are startling and give us hope that there is a
process that can assist the students to bridge this knowledge and skill
Daley College plans to enhance the program by introducing computer assisted instruction and additional advising support.