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Senate Bill I and College Readiness

Senate Bill 1 (SB-1) places two primary mandates before Kentucky's public post-secondary institutions:

  1. To collaborate in the reduction of developmental needs by at least 50 percent by 2014, and
  2. To increase the graduation rate of students with one or more development needs by 3 percent annually from 2009 to 2014.

In the 2010-2011 freshman cohort, EKU retained 72.8 percent of freshmen who enrolled with no developmental needs and only 55.5 percent of freshmen who enrolled but who were not college ready. These data illustrate the significance of college readiness on student retention and success.

Comparison of EKU Retention Rates Based on College Readiness
Freshman Cohort Year
2011/12
2010/11
2009/10
2008/09
Freshmen With No
Developmental Needs
1,623
1,475
1,457
1,600
Percent of Total
63.2
56.9
56.8
64.1
Retention Rate
-
72.8
73.0
74.2
Freshmen With One or More
Developmental Needs
946
1,118
1,107
897
Percent of Total
36.8
43.1
43.2
35.9
Retention Rate
-
55.5
60.2
58.2
Overall Retention Rate
-
65.3
66.6
68.3

Curriculum Alignment for Retention & Transition at Eastern Kentucky University (CARTE)

One of Eastern's Senate Bill 1 initiatives is to promote college readiness through a Professional Learning Community (PLC) dedicated to Curriculum Alignment for Retention & Transition at Eastern (CARTE).

EKU Faculty members who teach introductory courses in English, Math, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Teacher Preparation are developing student learning outcomes that align Common Course Standards and Kentucky Core Academic Standards.

EKU STEM-H Institute

The EKU STEM-H (Science, Technology/Engineering, Mathematics, and Health) Institute is another Eastern Initiative to promote college readiness. Eastern Kentucky University established the STEM-H Institute in response to the national and state shortage of workforce in the STEM-H related fields and to comply with Kentucky Senate Bill 1 (College Readiness). The EKU STEM-H Institute will focus on improving the teaching and learning in STEM-H fields from elementary education through graduate school by focusing on outreach, teaching, professional development, and research. 

The first task of the Institute will be working with and supporting the EKU Mathematics Transition Initiative. The Transition Initiative was developed by a team of Mathematics Education faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. For the past three years, this team has assisted regional school districts by working with teachers to help prepare their students to be high school and college ready.  They have also worked with the high school teachers to design and implement 'transition to college' math courses. The knowledge gained from the Mathematics Transitions Initiative and the relationships developed with the K-12 schools will serve as a foundation for the Institute's initiatives for outreach, teaching, professional development, and research in the other STEM-H fields. With the continued success of the Math Transitions Initiative, the number of high school graduates who are college ready is expected to increase, supporting the efforts of EKU and other Kentucky Higher Education Institutions in recruitment, retention, and graduation of students in these fields. 

For the 2011-12 academic year, the STEM-H Institute will be housed in the Office of Graduate Education and Research and will be directed by Dr. Jaleh Rezaie, Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research. For information regarding the STEM-H Institute or the EKU Mathematics Transitions Initiative, contact Dr. Rezaie at Jaleh.rezaie@eku.edu or 622-1742.

Published on September 30, 2011

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