Cayuga recognizes that some students are not fully prepared for the academic expectations of college. As a result, a number of guidelines and strategies have been implemented to help prepare learners to experience success in college and to support their persistence toward attainment of a college degree. In support of these objectives, Cayuga embraces the goals of developmental education, as established by the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE):
- to preserve and make possible educational opportunity for each postsecondary learner;
- to ensure proper placement by assessing each learner’s level of preparedness for college coursework;
- to develop in each learner the skills and attitudes necessary for the attainment of academic, career, and life goals;
- to maintain academic standards by enabling learners to acquire competencies needed for success in mainstream college courses;
- to enhance the retention of students;
- to promote the continued development and application of cognitive and affective learning theory.
Remedial courses in mathematics, reading, and writing are available for any student who lacks the skills necessary for academic success. These skills are measured by a series of placement tests, administered by the Center for Academic Success. Contact the Center for Academic Success for more information about placement testing, and the appropriate division chair for information related to remedial coursework.