The CSU Office of the Chancellor is deeply committed to maximizing access, reducing time to degree, improving graduation rates, and, most importantly, shrinking the achievement gap. In the 2015 Fall term alone, nearly 20,000 first-time CSU freshmen received one or more repeatable grades (DFW including NC).
Since the 2013-2014 academic year, the Course Redesign with Technology program has provided all 23 campuses support to develop and implement strategies to combat what is referred to as course bottlenecks:
- Courses with high demand and low student success (25% or greater DFW in courses with enrollment of 100+)
- Courses that hinder student success because of significant or persistent achievement gaps
- Labs with limited access due to facilities, equipment, and other barriers (to use virtual labs technologies)
In order to improve student success, CRT provides faculty with resources and support to plan and implement course redesign models that 1) adopt and adapt effective practices that integrate inclusive pedagogy and technology and 2) evaluate student success using methodology that documents performance (including, but not limited to, measures of the percentage of “repeatable grades” of D, F, W) while maintaining high academic standards.
CRT focuses on redesigning courses through systemwide adoption and adaptation of previously redesigned courses that have documented increases in the proportion of students successfully completing them. These courses have employed strategies such as flipped classrooms, online homework, virtual labs, hybrid course designs, supplemental instruction, etc. Demonstrated course redesign efforts and outcomes may be viewed at the Course Redesign with Technology, ePortfolio Showcase.