HB 2223 Implementation Support
A Challenging and Exciting Mandate
In June 2017, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Texas House Bill 2223, mandating that all public higher education institutions in the state develop and implement co-requisite models to deliver developmental education. Thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented co-requisite models have been shown to result in substantial increases in student success, as measured by student completion of credit-bearing, college-level courses.
A key component of effective co-requisite models is that students receive just-in-time academic support for knowledge and skills that are directly related to college-level material. A key benefit of the co-requisite model is that students are able to complete gateway courses in a program major or meta-major within the first academic year. Data strongly suggest that institutions see substantial gains in student success when students are placed in co-requisite courses compared with those who entered in traditional remedial programs.
Implementing co-requisite courses is not simple. Learning what works well in these models takes careful consideration. Planning organizational adjustments in mathematics departments is a nuanced process. More important, meeting the aggressive timeline described in the legislation—with co-requisite classes to begin in Fall 2018—requires structural changes at scale.
The Charles A. Dana Center’s staff have the experience to support you. Through our work supporting successful co-requisite implementations in diverse higher education systems across the nation, the Dana Center staff gained years of expertise in policy, curriculum, and implementation. We now offer this knowledge to help your mathematics department comply with this challenging—but exciting—new legislation.
To help institutions plan for co-requisite implementation at scale, the Dana Center launched a support effort in Fall 2017. Our technical assistance program consisted of both online meetings and face-to-face convenings to help guide mathematics teams in building an effective action plan to implement co-requisite offerings. If you have questions about the Dana Center’s HB 2223 technical assistance efforts, please contact Frank Savina, Course Program Specialist.