As of fall 2014, Gulf Coast State College offers revised developmental courses in reading, writing and mathematics using modularized and compressed strategies. In addition, a concurrent (though not co-requisite) lab in reading and writing is offered as one option.
In each discipline area, traditional placement will have two options from which to choose, as well as the choice of pursuing developmental coursework in traditional “seated” classes or via distance learning format. In all instances, students will be informed of the advisability of taking the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) placement tests to better inform their own decision-making process.
Gulf Coast State College seeks to accelerate student progress through developmental education coursework, and to therefore increase the number of students who successfully complete these requirements, through options for individualized instruction. For example, modular coursework in mathematics proceeds on the basis of addressing identified skills deficiencies, with options for accelerated completion of the developmental section and corresponding progression into college-level courses as quickly as possible.
In addition, mathematics “gateway” course requirements have been re-aligned to reflect students’ indication of future interests through identification of a “meta-major,” with the MAC 1105 (College Algebra) sequence reserved for students selecting STEM meta-majors and as an option for students in the Business meta-major. Students selecting any other meta-major have the option to complete STA 2023 or MGF 1106/1107.