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ERIC Number: ED433794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-31
Pages: 19
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Assessing the Impact of Curricular Reform--Measures of Course Efficiency and Effectiveness. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Andrade, Sally J.
This paper proposes an alternative curriculum assessment model to the traditional approach of examining semester course grades as a measure of curricular or instructional change. The alternative model focuses on the academic success of students in the next course in a curricular sequence and was applied with a gateway mathematics course (pre-calculus) at the University of Texas (El Paso). These types of introductory mathematics courses have acted as barriers to student persistence in science and engineering programs. The new model is based on the premise that if a gateway course is effective, most students who complete it should be able to pass the next course in the sequence on the first try. The index developed examines the percent of successful students in the gateway course who enroll in the next course in the curriculum, and the percent and total number of first-time takers who pass the next course on the initial attempt. The model was used to evaluate the effectiveness of a revised compressed pre-calculus course. The proposed model offers a more comprehensive and objective way to analyze student academic progress and to provide valuable information for departmental planning and comparison of different sections of a course. (Contains 32 references and 7 figures.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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