The Kentucky State University math and English departments recently received a $50,000 grant that will benefit all freshmen students at the university.

“The funding will provide support to enhance the accelerated math and English courses, professional development for faculty and staff support and increase the success in these gateway courses by tracking student success in future courses,” Dr. Joe Moffett, assistant professor of English at Kentucky State, said. “Both departments hope these efforts will continue to help the University improve student persistence, retention and graduation rates.”

Moffett and Dr. Fariba Bigdeli-Jahed led the grant proposal, entitled “Scaling Co-Requisite Education,” for the funds awarded by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

“These funds will facilitate the further development of the process we began in fall 2015 to eliminate remedial courses in math and English so students are placed directly into credit-bearing courses but with additional instructional support,” Moffett said. “This accelerated program has seen great success with pass rates.”

“We are grateful to the Council on Postsecondary Education for awarding these funds, as well as the support of President M. Christopher Brown II and Provost Debbie G. Thomas as we continue to work to serve Kentucky State’s students,” Moffett said.