Seminole State College

Seminole State College Case Study

Courses: Quantitative Reasoning, Elementary Statistics, Precalculus
(Business and Biology), and Precalculus

Course Type: Corequisite Math Pathways

Quick Stats:

In fall 2017, 84% of students completed college-level math in one semester, compared to only 33.2% of students in Fall 2014, an increase of over 50 percent!

When asked if the Special Topics course—a corequisite course directly following the credit-bearing math course—helped them succeed, 100% of students who were enrolled in one answered yes.


Seminole State College math faculty sought to redesign their math sequence to help students graduate on time and to place students into math pathways that were the most relevant to their fields of study.

In fall 2017, the Mathematics Department began offering corequisite math pathways,
which include quantitative reasoning, statistics, and STEM tracks. Students are placed
into a pathway based on their majors so they could learn the most applicable mathematics for future careers. Additionally, placement into a corequisite or standalone course is determined by students’ ACT math scores, previous grades in Basic Algebra, scores on the STEM Division Math Rubric, or an Elementary Algebra Placement Test to ensure students are receiving the support they need.

Corequisite pathways course meeting times consist of the credit-bearing course directly
followed by a Special Topics course providing remedial lesson content, allowing for students to receive one-on-one help from an instructor immediately after learning each new objective.

With this new model, more students are passing their credit-bearing math courses
within their first year, increasing overall retention and graduation rates.

Bar graph showing percentage of students who completed college-level math in one semester. Fall 2014 was 33.2%, fall 2015 was 30.1%, fall 2016 was 35.5%, and fall 2017 was 84%.

 

Bar graph showing student course enrollment distribution for standalone courses vs. corequisite courses in STEM, quantitative reasoning, statistics, and overall.

 

Contact:
Melissa Bryant
bryant@sscok.edu
Emily Carpenter
e.carpenter@sscok.edu
Dr. Linda Goeller
l.goeller@sscok.edu
Lynette Gomez
l.gomez@sscok.edu