John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

For purposes of the conference, gateway courses are courses that are:

1) Foundational in nature – foundational courses may be non-credit bearing developmental education courses and/or college credit-bearing lower division courses;

2) High-risk – as measured by the rates at which D, F, W (for withdrawals) and I (for incomplete) grades are earned across sections of the course(s); and,

3) High Enrollment – as measured by the number of students enrolled across sections of the course(s).

These courses merit focus and transformation because they enroll large numbers of students and lack of success in these courses is directly correlated with poor performance in higher education and, in many cases, failure to complete a postsecondary degree or credential all together.