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Feb. 2, 2004

ULM and Delta Collaborate on Developmental Courses

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has entered into a contract with the Louisiana Delta Community College to allow DCC to begin teaching ULM's developmental math courses during the spring 2004 semester.

"This agreement is another example of how our two institutions are working together for the betterment of the students," Monty Sullivan, Vice Chancellor of Academics and Student Affairs at Delta, explained. "Helping students with developmental courses is part of our mission. We are able to provide instructors in the classroom, reduce the number of students in each class and thereby provide a higher success rate which results in higher student retention at ULM."

"The purpose of developmental courses is to provide our students with a better understanding of the material necessary for them to be successful in university level courses," added ULM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Stephen Richters. "In 2005, the Board of Regents Master Plan will go into effect for all universities in the University of Louisiana System. That plan calls for ULM to accept students who only have to take one or fewer developmental classes. This is the first step in the process of getting our students ready for the implementation of the Master Plan, " said Richters.

The Board of Regents' Master Plan on Higher Education mandates that universities implement selective admissions and reduce the number of developmental education sections being taught. The responsibility for teaching these sections will rest on the state's community colleges. Both ULM and Delta officials feel the current agreement will serve as a model as they work together on other dually beneficial courses between the two institutions.

The agreement currently involves 104 students enrolled in Math 09 (basic arithmetic) in the current spring semester. The four classes are being taught in ULM classrooms by two LDCC faculty members. The two institutions are collaborating on a more comprehensive agreement for developmental education courses in the 2004-2005 academic year.

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