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San Diego Miramar College has secured a $1,368,876 grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to help drive a state effort to improve basic skills outcomes for incoming community college students. In California, more than 75% of incoming students are placed into one or more basic skills courses in English writing, English reading, or Mathematics. This grant will provide additional resources for use by Miramar College basic skills students. “Like our counterparts statewide, Miramar College struggles to assist our basic skills students complete their coursework in Math and English and progress to college level classes,” said Paulette Hopkins, interim vice president of instruction at San Diego Miramar College. “Recently, we have developed many practices to assist our basic skills students and these funds will further allow for us to bolster those efforts as well as begin new initiatives to support our basic skills students.” In the past, Miramar College has taken the following steps to improve basic skills programs and raise their success levels: continued to make use of supplemental instruction; fund basic skills tutors for the College’s math lab, English center and the PLACe (The Personal Learning Assistance Center); engage faculty in both English and math through ongoing seminars focused on basic skills; re-evaluate assignments in courses; lowered the cap in basic skills math classes from 45 to 35; and implemented a series of hands-on activities in math to engage students in doing contextual mathematics. In fall of 2016, San Diego Miramar College is scheduled to offer 38 sections of basic skills English and another 35 sections of basic skills math.

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10440 Black Mountain Road

San Diego, CA 92126-2999

619.388.7800

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