The Innovation: Math-On-Demand+
Developmental math adds time and cost to students’ college completion goals, a notable concern for low-income, young adults. Many City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) students must take two or three semesters of developmental math before qualifying for a credit bearing math course. Math-On-Demand+ (MOD+) increases the pass rate for students’ first developmental math course and thereby decreases students’ time in developmental math.
MOD+ intensifies students’ learning time:
- Online, self-paced mathematics practice and instruction promote course work during and outside scheduled math class time.
- Tutors work alongside instructors to increase individual attention.
- Smart classrooms equipped with interactive white boards, a computer, and a document projector make classroom instruction more interactive.
- A commercial early alert system enables 1) faculty to alert student support services about academically struggling students and 2) students to request appointments with their advisors and tutors.
Results Achieved: The Spring 2012 MOD+ program posted encouraging results. SRI, the project evaluator, deemed MOD+ to be a project with significant positive average effects, meaning students earned better outcomes than those enrolled in conventional versions of the same course:
- Two-thirds of students successfully completed the same developmental math course compared with less than half of students taking similar course without the MOD+ enhancements.
- Throughout the CCC district, only 45% of students enrolled in Math 098 completed the course with a “C” grade or better. In MOD+ courses, this improved to 67%.
Long term Goal: To increase student success in developmental math.
The Grant Project: City Colleges of Chicago received a grant from NGLC in April 2011.
The NGLC funding enabled CCC to build the MOD+ program: install technology into math classrooms, launch the early alert system, and hire tutors for the MOD+ classrooms.
The project encouraged CCC’s continued refinement of its development math program: better student placement in courses, MOD+ tutor program expansion, math GRE prep course pilot, and ongoing early alert system use.
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