Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC; Comparative Study

Course: Developmental Mathematics, Beginning Algebra, & Intermediate Algebra
Course Type: Supplement to lecture, online, & emporium

Quick Stats:

30% Increase in Student Success Rate After Redesign
The average student success rate before implementing the overall redesign was 50%. Once the course was redesigned using Hawkes, the success rate increased to 71%.

Continued Success Observed Years Later
The average increase in ABC grades for Hawkes courses and subsequent math courses from academic year 2009-2010 (pre-Hawkes implementation) to academic year 2015-2016 (post-Hawkes implementation) is 9%.

Only 55.5% of students in MAT 109: College Algebra with Modeling received a C or higher before the department implemented Hawkes. In the 2015-2016 academic year, that percentage was 73.4%, a 24% increase.

Greenville Technical College’s Mathematics Department led a large-scale redesign of its
developmental mathematics courses involving more than 6,000 students after a year-long pilot study.

Initially, the department chose to pilot three different courseware systems: Hawkes Learning, MyMathLab (MML), and Aleks. The pilot then continued with Hawkes and MML.

After observing higher success rates and a 13.88% increase in the final exam average
compared to MML, the faculty decided to move forward with Hawkes for MAT 032:
Developmental Mathematics, MAT 101: Beginning Algebra, and MAT 102: Intermediate

The department continues to see success among students currently using Hawkes Learning. The Hawkes courses are prerequisites for MAT 109: College Algebra with Modeling, MAT 120: Probability and Statistics, and MAT 155: Contemporary Mathematics. Students achieve a higher success rate in these subsequent math courses now that they use Hawkes in prerequisite courses.

Bar graph comparing success rates among MyMathLab before the redesign (at 50%), MyMathLab pilot (at 61%), and the Hawkes pilot (at 71%).

Bar graph showing an increase in overall success rates using Hawkes Learning in MAT 032, MAT 101, MAT 102, MAT 109, MAT 120, and MAT 155.

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