CAPI Programs Aid First-Time
by Dave Reid
from Dateline (February 13, 2003)
Helping first-time freshmen to achieve proficiency
in math and English before enrolling at Cal State Fullerton is the
goal of a number of campus outreach programs and classes.
One of the programs to enhance proficiency is the
Collaborative Academic Preparation Initiative (CAPI), which is funded
by a CSU Chancellor's Office grant.
CAPI's mathematics segment is aimed at strengthening
math and testing skills. One component involves students taking
an eight-hour course to prepare for the Entry Level Mathematics
Another is the Mathematics Diagnostic Project, in
which participating high school teachers use test item analysis
to suggest adjustments in instruction that can lead to improvement
in students' conceptual performance and understanding.
The Organizing Student Achievement Institute, a third
component, is an ongoing effort to increase student achievement
in math, particularly in preparing for success on the California
High School Exit Exam.
Mathematics faculty members Martin Bonsangue, Chuck
Funkhouser, Gerald Gannon, Armando Martinez-Cruz and David Pagni
participate in CAPI and other outreach efforts.
“Our goal is to have students qualify
to enroll in Composition 101 at the university for college
credit, as opposed to remedial classes.”
On the English side, CAPI's major thrust is
enhancing teaching skills of high school instructors, according
to Mary Kay Crouch, associate professor of English, comparative
literature and linguistics and lead CAPI coordinator.
Ten faculty members work in the program providing
assistance to teachers at five local high schools. CSUF students
serve as learning assistants at these schools in mentoring students,
often on a one-on-one basis.
“In the beginning,” said Crouch, “many
teachers didn't realize what the English Placement Test was
all about. Now they know.”
One of the many services provided by faculty members
is giving tips to high school students on what is expected from
students in university English classes.
“We see high school teachers as partners in
this program,” she said. “Our goal is to have students
qualify to enroll in Composition 101 at the university for college
credit, as opposed to remedial classes, which earn no credits. Our
overall aim is to keep these instructors on the cutting edge of
In addition to Couch, participating faculty members
from English, comparative literature and linguistics include John
Powers, Candy Somoza, Barbara Beale, Kim Vandervort, Robert Nazar,
Donna Mintie, Cheryl Zimmerman, Jai Hee Cho and John White.
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