Increase College Readiness of Entering Students: Decision Zone: Multiple Measures

Priority #1: Improve placement, decrease time spent and increase completion rates of Developmental Students

Intervention (a): Improve placment by implementing a Decision Zone and Multiple Measures.

A preset score range called the Decision Zone was implemented within which students were welcomed to challenge their Accuplacer placement. Entering students were also welcomed to challenge their placement by participating in Brush up courses. Alternative measures include: the Nelson Denny reading test, Algebra Exit Exam, evidence of HS Precalculus, HSPA Writing score.

In 2012-2013, as a direct result of this intervention the percentage of entering students required remediation in at least one area dropped from 76% to 66% and from 38% to 16% in all three areas. Students who placed at at college level following Multiple Measure challenges were tracked in their first college level course; they performed at a higher success rates than students who completed remediation prior to enrolling in gateway courses.

For 2013-2014,  Test preparation was added to the suggested sequence for incoming students. As an 80% first generation college community, our students often arrive for placement testing underprepared. We learned that entering students who participate in Test Preparation are less anxious, are more familiar with the material, are better prepared, and place higher on the Accuplacer than students who do not prepare for placement testing. 38% of students who prepared for placment tested to college level as compared with 32% who did not prepare.A variety of Test Preparation tools were made available including the Apple I-phone math app, and Title III funded topical podcasts.

Students who initailly placed below college level were offered Multiple Measures to demonstrate college readiness. More than 1,000 Multiple Measures were offered yearly. While in 2009, 23% of entering students placed at college level, 34% in 2012, 46% in 2013 and 49% in 2014 and 2015. This intervention is currently applied at this college. Students continue to benefit from multiple measure or placement challenge opportunities at Cumberland County College.


ID 16005

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #16005, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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