Reengineering Developmental Math

Accelerating Student Success Through High-Return Personalized Pathways

Topics: Community College, Academic Affairs, Academic Planning, Curriculum Development, Program Approval, Program Prioritization, Student Retention and Success, Developmental and Remedial Education

Preventing Unnecessary Pre-College Placement

Four Proven Strategies to Reduce Costly Overmathing

Forum research uncovered four best practices to prevent unnecessary pre-college placement: modular placement exams, co-requisite mainstreaming models, math refresher courses, and high school GPA as an alternative placement indicator. Across the next pages we’ll cover innovative incarnations of these strategies, shedding light on which strategies are most effective for unique student types.

Institutions considering redesigning their placement procedures should consider the types of students best served by each practice. While modular placement exams and the use of high school GPA as an alternative placement indicator work well for students at all skill levels, our research shows that co-requisite mainstreaming and math refresher courses should be reserved for upper-level developmental students and students who demonstrate high levels of motivation.

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Prevent Unnecessary Pre-College Placement