Streamlining the First Year: Developmental Math Reform

Project Title

Streamlining the First Year: Developmental Math Reform

Project Sponsor

Nikos Varelas, VPUA

Project Lead

Jenny Ross

Project Team

Martina Bode

Dave Marker

Brooke Shipley

Project Objectives

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science is proposing and implementing a number of revisions to the developmental and precalculus mathematics courses.  This project aims at the following objectives:

  • Improving student success rates in these courses;
  • Making sure that students passing a prerequisite course are well prepared for the following course;
  • Reducing the number of semesters students spend taking non-credit bearing courses.

Based on the review of the current courses, data from previous years, and current best practices throughout the state, we plan on adding a College Algebra course, allowing many students that currently place into a noncredit-bearing Intermediate Algebra course to begin in a credit-bearing course.  The addition of this course will allow a restructure of the Intermediate Algebra course to spend the time needed on fundamentals to help ensure student success.

The project team also plans on adding a one-credit hour co-requisite course to our Intermediate Algebra for those students that would currently place into the Beginning Algebra, allowing all Beginning Algebra students to bypass this course. This co-requisite course would allow students to remove 3 hours and up to one semester in noncredit-bearing coursework.

Project Management Plan

This is a document provides clarity about the project objectives, scope, expected outcomes, expectations, roles and responsibilities. Click to open the PDF file.

Project Progress Indicator


Project Status Updates

June-July 2015 status report

August-September 2015 status report

October-November 2015 status report

December 2015-March2016 status report

April-May 2016 status report

June-July 2016 status report

August-November 2016 status report

Final Project Report

This project was completed in February 2017.  Click here to open the Final Project Report.