For the Love of Learning: Student Gateway Classes

Kentucky is taking steps to ensure that students entering higher education institutions can succeed.  They are doing so through the use of corequisite models and the implementation of gateway courses

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education changed the rules on course placement in 2018.  Now, students who do not quite meet academic readiness standards can still get into corequisite courses in universities.  This led to a substantial increase in the number of students who later succeeded in gateway courses. 

Gateway courses, such as college algebra and English, are crucial to long-term achievement in higher education.  Kentucky is using gateway courses, which help set students on the path to graduating, as a key aspect of the overall educational goal in the state.  Ideally, Kentucky wants 60% of their population to have a postsecondary certificate or degree by the year 2030.  In addition to gateway courses, Kentucky is employing other tactics to move towards this goal.

The Kentucky Student Success Framework is the overarching structure being used to move towards the 2030 goal of the state. This framework includes transfer success, early onboarding during the summer, career advising, meeting the basic needs of students, making education attainable for adults, and as previously mentioned, high performance in gateway courses.

Gateway Course for Student Success
Source: Kentucky Student Success Collaborative

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