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Developmental Education Developmental Education Mission:

To enrich developmental education student lives by addressing academic preparedness and by preparing them for postsecondary success.

Developmental education contributes to NCCC’s mission and purposes by helping the underprepared students to develop the skills and competencies needed to become better students and lifelong learners.

Program Outcomes are:
1. To prepare students for post secondary education
2. To provide a foundation for learning

Courses in Program:
Developmental education includes the following courses: Reading Proficiency, Fundamentals of Written Communications, Contemporary Math Concepts, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra as well as Nursing Math Skills, Grammar and Writing for Speakers of Other Languages, and Listening and Reading for Bilingual Speakers. The Study and Test Taking Skills and Goal Setting courses also fall under developmental education.

Assessment methods:
Each course uses similar assessment methods, which includes but not limited to pre and post testing, Compass testing, chapter/unit tests, final exams. Each instructor completes an end-of-semester assessment for the college, using the college assessment form. Assessment of students missing class, being withdrawn from class or withdrawing from class is done by talking to the students and instructors.

Efforts to stay current in curriculum:
Members of the developmental education group have attended National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) conferences, attended Missouri Regional Association of Developmental Education (MRADE) in October. Developmental education holds monthly meetings with all the developmental instructors and administrators.

Developmental Classes:

CURR 102 GOAL SETTING
1 credit hour
This course is designed to teach students how to manage their lives through life planning, job search techniques and professional development. Students will establish goals and learn specific techniques to achieve those goals and personal growth. This course serves an elective for degree-seeking students and those in certificate programs.

CURR 101 STUDY SKILLS/TEST TAKING STRATEGIES
2 credit hours
This course is designed for students to learn study skills and test taking strategies that will provide them with the necessary skills to be successful in college. Topics for the course will include but are not limited to: note taking strategies, learning styles/personality
indicators, study strategies, resource usage/research skills, stress management/test anxiety, test taking strategies and textbook usage.

ENGL 013 FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
5 credit hours
This course will present an organized method for understanding and using correct grammar in sentences and paragraphs. The course will also present an organized method of paragraph development that emphasizes unity, support, and coherence. Major areas of instruction include prewriting, topic sentences, transitions, support of main idea, and paragraph logic. This course is nontransferable and will not count toward graduation.

ENGL 015 GRAMMAR and WRITING FOR STUDENTS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (GWSOL)
5 credit hours
This course addresses the needs of students of other languages in the area of grammar and writing. It is designed to improve skills in standard written English to better prepare the student to succeed in college courses. This course is non-transferable and will not
count toward graduation.

ENGL 016 LISTENING and READING FOR STUDENTS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (LRSOL)
3 credit hours
This intensive language course is aimed at preparing students who are non-native speakers of English to enter academic courses conducted completely in English. This course will focus on listening, speaking, and reading skills with a particular emphasis on note taking and comprehension. This course is nontransferable and will not count toward graduation.

ENGL 018 READING PROFICIENCY II
3 credit hours
This course emphasizes improving basic reading skills, spelling, comprehension, ocabulary building, study skills, and reference skills. ENGL 018 may be repeated to improve proficiency. This course is non-transferable and will not count toward graduation.

MATH 010 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS CONCEPTS
2 credit hours
This course is designed for students who want, need, or are recommended for a refresher course dealing with the four operations of fractions and decimals, calculating percentage, and solving ratios. This course is non-transferable and will not count toward
graduation.

MATH 011 BEGINNING ALGEBRA
3 credit hours
This is a course designed for students with no background in algebra. Successful completion of this course should prepare the student to enter Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra with Review with the expectation of successful completion. Topics
covered are: signed numbers and operations, manipulation of simple algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, polynomials, and rational expressions. Students will be expected to have access to a scientific calculator. This course is nontransferable
and will not count toward graduation.

MATH 112 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
3 credit hours
This is a course designed for students with a minimal background in algebra. Topics covered are: equations and inequalities, absolute value, functions and graphs,
polynomials, rational expressions and radicals, and systems of equations and inequalities. Students will be expected to have access to a scientific calculator.
This course may not transfer credit to another institution, dependent upon graduation requirements for particular programs and institutions as described in their catalogs.

NURS 010 NURSING MATH SKILLS
1 credit hour
Nursing math skills is designed for students who want, need, or are recommended for a “refresher” course dealing with the four operations on fractions and decimals, calculating percentages, and solving ratios. Also included in nursing math skills are the following:
Converting between and within the Apothecary, Metric, and English systems of measure; child and adult medication calculation, and IV calculations. This course is non-transferable and will not count toward graduation.