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The Early Start Program was mandated by the CSU Board of Trustees as a response to the high rate of students who are not college ready prior to their first quarter at a university. The Early Start program requires incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin remediation during the summer before coming to the CSU. It was designed to provide multiple opportunities for students to address remediation prior to entering the University in the fall. Failure to enroll in the required Early Start course(s) may result in cancellation or non-enrollment for fall quarter.
By completing the Early Start program, students can potentially advance remedial level courses and test out of remediation prior to beginning school in the fall, receive appropriate scheduling advising, and save time and money. Each early start is approximately two weeks long and is $182. Considering the length and cost, it is extremely beneficial for students to complete the early start program to better assess where they are at academically.
All students who have not demonstrated college readiness in mathematics are required to participate in the Early Start Math Program (ELM score less than 50). All students who have not demonstrated college readiness in English are required to participate in the Early Start English Program (EPT score less than 147).
The Early Start Program consists of multiple sessions which are held during the summer with each session containing multiple sections of math and English held at different times. Instruction for the program is administered by CSUB faculty members and/or qualified instructors experienced in teaching remedial level courses. The faculty members and instructors are selected by the chair and/or coordinator of the respective program.
The Early Start English program is a two week program, four days a week for four hours a day. Students are mandated to attend both reading and writing sessions every day. CSUB English faculty and/or high school teachers oversee the sessions consisting of ERWC modules. Successful completion satisfies the Early Start English requirement. Results on the final essay exam (English Equivalency Exam) will allow students to complete some or all of the CSU Remedial English requirement(s) and will determine appropriate Fall placement.
The Early Start Mathematics program is a two week program, four days a week for four hours a day or a four week program, four days a week for four hours a day based on ELM scores. Students are mandated to attend class every day. CSUB Math faculty oversees the sessions consisting of the MyMathLab Computerized Program. Successful completion satisfies the Early Start Math requirement. Meeting certain testing levels in class also allows students to complete some or all of the CSU Remedial Mathematics requirement(s) and will determine appropriate Fall placement.
Early Intervention Programs
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway 47SA 126B
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
We are located next to Outreach.