College Readiness: Developmental Math


1. Program Redesign: A Math course for Humanities students was developed.  Students enrolled in this course saved one semester of developmental math. Students were tracked into their college level courses and their passing rate was comparable to the students who took the traditional route through the developmental sequence.  Although initial findings proved this course to be successful in preparing students for their required CL math course, the number of students who enrolled was too small to sustain the course.  In order to effect the maximum number of students, a redesign of the existing 2 semester algebra exit course was required.  By changing the curriculum of the exit course, Humanities students will save 1 semester of the developmental sequence.  Based on the SP14-F14 semesters, it is estimated that well over 200 students/year  will benefit from this change.  Data collection is in progress.

A new course was created for students who scored on the higher end of the placement test cut score for level one.  The course combines some of the content of level with the content of level two and eliminates the need for students to take the level one course. This course was first offered in Fall 2013.  Sixty students completed the course,  44 students(73.3%) passed the course in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.  Of these 44 students, 35 enrolled in the next Math course, with 20 (57%) passing and moving onto CL Math. 

 In an attempt to improve students' successes rates in Mathematics and progression toward their Associate degree, the college's academic governing body has mandated that students* must start their Developmental Math in their first semester and once started must be continue in successive semesters until completion.

  ( * with some noted exceptions) 


2. Acceleration

Boot Camps

Jan 2013:  

115 students attended boot camps.  56 (49%) moved into CL Math: 14/48 Computational students, 42/67 Algebra students.

Spring 2011 – Fall 2013:

558 students attended boot camps.  Students were tracked into the 1st  mathematics course upon completion of boot camp with the following results:

Of the 208 students who enrolled in the MA-INT boot camp, 139 (66.8%) completed the math course they were placed into, with about 70 percent of them passing it. Of the 188 students who enrolled in the MA-INT2 boot camp, 92 (48.9%) of them completed the college level math course they were placed into, with over 90 percent of them passing it. Of the 162 students who enrolled in the MA-INT3 boot camp, 91 (56.2%) of them completed the college level math course they were placed into, with about three-quarters of them passing it.

2011-2015:  161 students enrolled in MA - INT boot camp completed the subsequent Math course, with 139 ( 74.3%)  passing. 

Prep Course:   (RAMP) Students who place below the first level of developmental math have an opportunity to attend a prep course and requalify for entry into the developmental math sequence.  From F12 – SP 14, 212 students who enrolled in the Prep course continued into the developmental sequence.  Two hundred seven students completed the course, with 115 successfully passing (56%) as opposed to 52% success rate for the non-Prep students enrolled in this course. 

In addition to the boot camps, the Mathematics department has developed a Bridge Program for new students.  This program was initiated in  Summer 2015.  Students who scored just below CL on the placement test were given an opportunity to accelerate to CL math by Fall 2015 through participation in the program.  In Summer 2015, 45 incoming freshman participated in the Bridge Program.  Nineteen (42%) were able to successfully complete the program and enroll in CL Math in the Fall 2015 semester.  The Bridge program will be offered again in June 2016. 

ID 15499

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