There’s a disconnect between the high school graduation requirements and what it takes for those graduates to get ready for college instruction. Half the freshman class enrolling each fall at Rock Valley College are required to take remedial courses.
Efforts are being made by RVC, and the Rockford and Harlem school districts, to align the curriculum to prepare students for the transition from high school to RVC to reduce the need for developmental efforts before enrolling in college level courses.
Similar efforts have been tried in Elgin, between the community college and the public high schools. The efforts to help the students prepare for their college experience was taught jointly by RVC and a public schools. Also, small class sizes offered plenty of one on one instruction to help the students.
The problem was that 500 students were identified as needing this particular help in order to be ready for college and the program was free for the students, but unbelievably only 20 students even bothered to enroll in the program, and only five regularly attended classes.
It is truly sad that only five students out of 500 made any effort to take advantage of hundreds of hours of work done by the faculty of RVC and the teachers from the school districts in preparation to help these students who had graduated without the credentials to make it at the college level.
Is it any wonder why our population is below the average in being awarded four year degrees or why we have such poverty, high unemployment and crime in our area?
One student, who initially wasn’t looking forward to enrolling in the program, after attending said he was glad that his mom told him to do it. Too bad some of the other 500 moms didn’t do the same!