Courses: Quantitative Reasoning, Elementary Statistics, Precalculus
(Business and Biology), and Precalculus
Course Type: Corequisite Math Pathways
In the 2017–2018 academic year, 81% of students completed college-level math in one semester, compared to only 29% of students in the 2013–2014 school year—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.