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Universities look to community colleges to handle remedial courses

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma and Redlands Community College are launching a partnership in which Redlands will handle the university’s remedial math courses. Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College have had a similar arrangement since 2003.

Rachel Ratliff thinks of herself as an Oklahoma State University student. But in reality, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Ratliff, an elementary education major, takes most of her classes through OSU. Last week, Ratliff, 20, completed a non-credited math course she took through Northern Oklahoma College. While she was taking the course, she didn’t have to leave the OSU campus to go to class.

“You don’t even feel like you’re at a different school,” she said. “It’s like I’m taking classes at OSU.”

OSU began outsourcing its remedial classes to the community college in 2003 in an effort to improve the quality of those courses and improve student success.

Now, the University of Oklahoma is making a similar move. OU and Redlands Community College are launching a partnership in which Redlands will handle the university’s remedial math courses.

Although Ratliff was annoyed she had to take a remedial math class at all — “It was kind of a downer a lot of the time,” she said — the class worked well for her. There were only about 20 students in the class, so she got individual attention from the professor. That attention was helpful, she said, especially in an algebra class.

“Math has never been my subject,” she said.

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