ERIC Number: ED301463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Math Refresher Workshop Series as an Aid to Registrants of a College Level Math Course.
Boyd, Vivian; And Others
Because the failure rate for Math 110 (a college algebra course for non-science/technology-oriented majors at the University of Maryland) was so high, it was decided to offer selected registrants the opportunity to take a free refresher workshop series to improve their mathematics skills before they took the course. In summer 1985, 809 students who were registered to take Math 110 during the fall semester and whose permanent address indicated residence in Maryland, northern Virginia or Washington, D.C., were sent a letter of endorsement for the workshop series, which included a brochure suggesting the student call to schedule a visit. Fifty-eight of those contacted attended at least one of the workshops. This experience had a significant and enduring effect on subsequent reenrollment. Students having the workshops had significantly higher persistence rates for three semesters after the intervention than students not having the workshops. The participation rate (7%) may indicate a need for a more effective marketing approach and/or that the end of the summer is not an ideal time for such an intervention to be offered. (Author/MNS)
Descriptors: Algebra, College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Workshops
University of Maryland, University Counseling Center, Shoemaker Building, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
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