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In fall 2014 Bergen Community College was invited to participate in the Gateways to Completion (G2C), a three year gateway course improvement process that was developed at the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. The G2C process is designed to specifically help colleges create a plan for enhancing student success in high-risk gateway courses.
Bergen Community College has the distinction of being one of the thirteen founding institutions in the program, and one of only three community colleges invited to participate. Participation in the Gateways to Completion Program is contributing to the College’s commitment to student success by helping BCC develop and implement a plan for enhancing high-risk gateway courses, specifically those courses with high enrollment and high failure rates.
The flexible G2C process and tools take into account various forms of instruction, including face-to-face, hybrid and on-line. Since joining the project, the College identified four courses with high enrollments that also have high failure, withdrawal and dropout rates (i.e. WRT101, BUS101, PSY101 and MAT130) and is working with the other colleges in the program and the experts at the Gardiner Institute at redesigning those courses to help students be more successful in them.