Under Illinois’ traditional model, only 23 percent of remedial math students were completing gateway math courses within one academic year (June 2017). Similarly, for first time, full time students that number is 25 percent.  Traditional remediation consumes time and money, and often does not accelerate students into college-level courses, increase retention, and lead to college completion.

Through the states completion agenda, the ICCB has committed to the goal of ensuring that 60% of all adults have a college or career credential by 2025. One way to accomplish this goal is through co-requisite courses. The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has committed to scaling co-requisite courses statewide.


Co-Requisite Pilot Project Description:

The primary focus of this technical assistance grant is to begin collecting baseline data across math and English co-requisite and pathway remedial programs.  Second, it is to implement co-requisite and pathway remedial programs in community college and university Math and English departments.  The ultimate goal is to scale across all public institutions in both disciplines.

State Commitment to Scale:   

The ICCB and the IBHE have committed to using data gathered to advance an agenda of scale that impacts the vast majority of students deemed underprepared for college-level work by fall of 2017 or spring of 2018.   Through the project, IBHE and ICCB plan to produce Illinois data on co-requisite and pathway remedial programs in the spring of 2018.  At this time, IBHE and ICCB will work to scale this work, by doubling the number of institutions offering co-requisite and pathways remedial programs in the state, which will ultimately reduce the time-to-completion rates of students entering postsecondary education.


Contact Melvin Harrison, Director of Academic Affairs with the ICCB, at 217-785-5003 or Melvin.Harrison@illinois.gov with any questions regarding co-requisite remediation.