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ERIC Number: ED519795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
Innovations in Developmental Math: Community Colleges Enhance Support for Nontraditional Students
Le, Cecilia; Rogers, Kimberly R.; Santos, Janet
Jobs for the Future
Nearly 60 percent of incoming community college students are unprepared for college-level work and must take at least one pre-college, "developmental" course, usually in math or English, before enrolling in any credit-bearing classes toward a degree. Within developmental education, students are most likely to need help with mathematics, and students who enter community college needing to take developmental math fare the worst in terms of outcomes making this an issue that deeply affects students. Lack of readiness for college math is as damaging as it is widespread. Students are more likely to fail developmental mathematics than any other course in higher education, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Thus, it is not surprising that many students referred to developmental math choose to bypass such courses and services, without knowing the detrimental consequences of this decision on their overall educational goals. This brief looks at three community colleges that have made significant investments in programs to improve student success in developmental math. These colleges are spotlighted for their implementation of the varied approaches to developmental math described above and for their ability to demonstrate outcomes for their students. The community colleges featured in this brief are: (1) Florence-Darlington Technical College in South Carolina; (2) Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania; and (3) Chaffey College in California. (Contains 4 tables and 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: California; Pennsylvania; South Carolina