ERIC Number: ED353031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Evergreen Valley College: Persistence of New College Students from Arithmetic, Algebra and Int Algebra through Transfer Level Math, Fall 1988-Spring 1992. Research Reports #261, #294, and #296.
A series of studies were conducted at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California, to evaluate the persistence of three groups of new mathematics students entering Arithmetic, Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra courses in the fall of 1988. In particular, the studies examined students' persistence from the initial mathematics course, Arithmetic, through Transfer Level Math (TLM), covering the four academic years from fall 1988 through spring 1992. In fall 1988, a total of 193 new students were enrolled in Arithmetic, 158 in Algebra, and 51 in Intermediate Algebra. Findings from the studies included the following: (1) among Arithmetic students, 7% progressed through TLM between fall 1988 and spring 1992, while 20% successfully completed Algebra, and 11% persisted through Intermediate Algebra; (2) Asian students were the only ethnic group in Arithmetic with more than 10% persisting through TLM; (3) among Algebra students, 10% progressed through TLM between fall 1988 and spring 1992, while 20% successfully completed Intermediate Algebra; (4) among Algebra students, Hispanics had the highest rates of persistence through TLM, while no Black students and no White female students persisted through TLM; (5) among Intermediate Algebra students, 25% persisted through TLM between fall 1988 and spring 1992, while 65% successfully completed Intermediate Algebra; (6) 36% of the Asian students in Intermediate Algebra, who comprised 55% of the total group, persisted through TLM; and (7) for the three groups, the studies indicated that the college is not meeting its goals in terms of transferring more underprepared students and protected ethnic groups. Detailed data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.