Monday, April 29, 2013

Developmental Math

Here's an update to an earlier course profile.

Developmental Math Courses
 • Arithmetic, geometry, pre-algebra, algebra
Mostly 2 year schools
Many small sections
Students test into the course
Usually non-credit
 • Usually one term
 • 50% drop rate

A few lead instructors - full time
Many adjuncts - freeway flyers

Generally struggling in school
Many non-traditional students
Resent having to take the class
Lack basic math skills
Fear math

Key Challenges
 • Course: Ferocious drop rate
Instructors: Time, especially for individual attention
Students: Math skills, motivation, fear, time

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