West Kentucky Community & Technical College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, KY; Comparative Study

Course: Prealgebra & Introductory Algebra
Course Type: Modular, Self-Paced

Quick Stats:

Increase in Success Rate Across All 3 Courses
Data from Academic Year 2012-2013 (MyMathLab) and Academic Year 2013-2014 (Hawkes) were compared, showing an increase in Student Success across all three courses in the developmental sequence.
9% increase in ABCP rate in MAT 55 Prealgebra course
6% increase in ABCP rate in MAT 65 Basic Algebra course
17% increase in ABCP rate in MAT 85 Intermediate Algebra course

Increase in Student Satisfaction
80% of students surveyed preferred Hawkes to MyMathLab

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) improved learning outcomes
in its developmental math sequence by implementing MyMathLab in a self-paced, modular structure with computer-based instruction.

Under this model, the department saw overall learning outcomes increase 20% over the previous three-year average. However, instructors found it difficult to identify at-risk students while students’ progress through the sequence was slow and attendance at the Math Center was minimal.

In seeking to further improve the results of their redesign, WKCTC chose to implement Hawkes Prealgebra and Introductory Algebra courseware for the Fall 2013 semester. The course structure was also modified to require students to attend 2.5 hours of scheduled instructor-led class time per week. Each instructor was assigned to 5-6 classes per week.

The results of Hawkes implementation included an increase in student retention rates, a decreased
need for tutors, an increase in student motivation and satisfaction, and an increase in the number of students finishing the developmental sequence early or on time. Further, the success rate for students across all three courses in the sequence improved after switching from MyMathLab to Hawkes.

Pass Rate Comparison

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