Salem Community College provides academic development opportunities through developmental courses for students who are not prepared to enter college-level courses. Specifically, the college provides three levels of Developmental Math (Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra) and two levels of Developmental English (English Reading/Writing Preparation I and II).
- Are placed into developmental courses based on their scores on the College’s placement test.
- May place into developmental courses for several reasons:
- not having used the skills tested over a long period of time,
- not having previously learned the skills tested, or
- displaying inconsistent skills during testing.
Placement in such courses should be viewed positively – as an opportunity to develop or strengthen the skills necessary to be successful in college.
Support from Student Success Coaches is available to students enrolled in developmental courses.
Student Success Coaches are:
- Professionals with expertise in either math or English,
- Specifically assigned to work with developmental course faculty members and their students,
- Knowledgeable about the topics being taught in the class,
- Up-to-date with student attendance and progress in the class, and
- Proactive in reaching out to students who are experiencing difficulty in meeting the course objectives.
Coaches also facilitate supplemental instruction sessions to review difficult course content outside of class. Students may meet with a coach for tutoring or to learn more about learning and study strategies.