|This is me.|
As someone who's taught a LOT of both classes, I know that 099 is important. It's basic stuff, college level reading, critical thinking. It's HARD. It's NECESSARY. And the students who passed my 099 were actually ready for real college work.
9 million years we did it this way.
But, the winds of change and all that, and now this summer, in 8 weeks, mind you, students can take BOTH 099 and 101 at the SAME TIME. They get credit for both. They PAY for both, and all the department has to do is find part-timers willing to condense 30 weeks of work into 8. (Oh, they found them all right...my shitty community college is FULL of people who'd jump off Niagra falls for the $2450 each class pays. Oh, wait, while students pay TWICE for this accelerated and condensed course, the part-timers just get paid ONCE. Another feature!)
Had it been April 1st and not April 29th when I found this out, I would have thought some nutty Dean was having a go.
But it's real. And once again, my college has done something - among a litany of things - that shows they give not one shit about education, students, or instructors.