ERIC Number: ED211137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-16
Reference Count: 0
Math Courses Survey: Math 5A--Math Analysis I.
Clark, Robert M.
In 1981 a study was conducted at Kings River Community College to determine whether there were student characteristics that could help predict success in a college-level calculus course (Math Analysis I). Subjects for the study included all students enrolled in Math Analysis I in fall 1979 or fall 1980. Student records were examined to establish year of high school graduation, high school attended, placement test taken and math score, high school grade point average (GPA), high school math courses and grades, college units taken prior to Math Analysis I, GPA of college courses before Math Analysis I, and other college math courses and grades. A C grade or better in Math Analysis I was used as the measure of success. The study revealed that students had a less than 50% chance of succeeding in Math Analysis I if they: (1) scored less than the 94th percentile on a math achievement test; (2) had less than a 3.0 GPA in high school; (3) received less than a B in any high school math class; (4) received a grade of less than B in any other college math course; or (5) had less than a 3.0 college GPA. The Math Analysis I instructor suggested that high risk students be encouraged to take Trigonometry in the fall semester, College Algebra in the spring semester, and then, if successful, take Math Analysis I the following fall. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kings River Community Coll., Reedley, CA.