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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.
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 six sessions of two weeks 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 or 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. A final essay exam (English Equivalency Exam) is administered at the end of the program to measure improved learning.
The Early Start Mathematics program is a two week program, four days a week for four hours a day. Students are mandated to attend class every day. CSUB Math faculty oversees the sessions consisting of the MyMathLab Computerized Program. Pre and post assessments in MyMathLab are administered at the end of the program to measure improved learning.
Early Intervention Programs
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway 10SA
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
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