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ERIC Number: EJ1078676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
Increasing Success Rates in Developmental Math: The Complementary Role of Individual and Institutional Characteristics
Fong, Kristen E.; Melguizo, Tatiana; Prather, George
Research in Higher Education, v56 n7 p719-749 Nov 2015
This study tracks students' progression through developmental math sequences and defines progression as both attempting and passing each level of the sequence. A model of successful progression in developmental education was built utilizing individual-, institutional-, and developmental math-level factors. Employing step-wise logistic regression models, we found that while each additional step improves model fit, the largest proportion of variance is explained by individual-level characteristics, and more variance is explained in attempting each level than passing that level. We identify specific individual and institutional factors associated with higher attempt (e.g., Latino) and passing rates (e.g., small class size) in the different courses of the developmental math trajectory. These findings suggest that colleges should implement programs and policies to increase attempt rates in developmental courses in order to increase passing rates of the math pre-requisite courses for specific certificates, associate degrees or transfer.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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