“Gateway” courses are those courses that students must take to move forward in an academic program, typically developmental and “101” courses. At community colleges, these courses generally have high enrollments, and also high rates of failure and non-completion. Students who fail or drop these courses are less likely to persist in college than those who pass.
In BMCC’s Gateway Initiative, faculty who teach these classes have an opportunity to investigate teaching and learning in their own gateway classes. Participants in this initiative identify challenges to address, implement new approaches to address these challenges, and evaluate the impact of these new approaches, with the goal of improving student success.