CSU continues to provide under-prepared students with access to mainstream higher education. In the past this was possible by offering Developmental Education courses in Math and English as pre-requisites for regular university level coursework. This program, which has been housed outside the academic colleges, has not resulted in improved student retention rates. Past practice showed that CSU Math and English departments were minimally involved with the instructional content or pedagogy offered through the old organizational structure.
The ideal solution for enhancing Developmental Education is to have regular CSU faculty design and implement the Developmental Education Program and be responsible for its assessment and placement policies. Towards this end the English Developmental Education component has been moved from under the Dean of Students to the English Department, and the Math Developmental Education program has been moved to the College of Science Dean's Office.