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Fast Track – Using Intensive Math Review Courses to Improve Placement Coe

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Two fast paced intensive review courses …

Two fast paced intensive review courses
Basic Fast Track covers Prealgebra and Elementary Algebra
Advanced Fast Track covers Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra

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  • 1. Fast Track – Using Intensive Math Review Courses to Improve Placement Bill Coe, Montgomery College [email_address]
  • 2. Presentation Outline
    • What is Fast Track?
    • About Montgomery College
    • History of Fast Track
    • Objectives of the Course
    • Course Structure
    • Results to Date
    • Advertising
    • Replication of Fast Track
    • How to Start a Fast Track-Like Program
    • Conclusions
  • 3. What is Fast Track?
    • Two fast paced intensive review courses
      • Basic Fast Track covers Prealgebra and Elementary Algebra
      • Advanced Fast Track covers Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra
  • 4. About Montgomery College
    • Largest Community College in Maryland (over 26,000 credit students on three campuses)
    • Diverse student population (33% international, 175 countries represented)
  • 5. History of Fast Track at MC
  • 6. Fast Track Course Objectives
    • Save time (one or two semesters)
    • Save money
    • Improve placement of students
    • Retention
  • 7. Our Target Population
    • Graduating high school seniors
    • Adults returning to school after long absences
  • 8. Fast Track Course Structure
    • Two weeks, twenty hours for each course
    • Basic Fast Track
      • 7 hours Prealgebra
      • 11 hours Elementary Algebra
      • 2 hours testing and counseling
    • Advanced Fast Track
      • 10 hours Elementary Algebra
      • 8 hours Intermediate Algebra
      • 2 hours testing and counseling
  • 9. Fast Track Results to Date
    • Summary by placement level
      • Out of 1541 students….
      • Down one level: 26 students (1.7 %)
      • Same level: 376 students (24.4%)
      • Up one level: 558 students (36.2%)
      • Up two levels: 241 students (15. 6%)
      • Undetermined: 340 students (22.1%)
  • 10. More Fast Track Results
    • Of those students who were officially enrolled in the recommended course in the semester following enrollment in Fast Track, and passed with a C or better:
    • FT Students Non FT Students
      • Prealgebra: 60% 48%
      • Elem Alg: 55% 44%
      • Interm Alg: 61% 54%
      • CLM: 67% 67%
  • 11. Still More Results
    • Comparison of Fast Track students to non FT students by grade (A or B):
    • FT Students Non FT Students
    • Prealgebra 74% 69%
    • Elementary Algebra 62% 55%
    • Intermediate Algebra 69% 59%
    • College Level Math 73% 60%
  • 12. … and Still More Results
    • Retention Rates of Fast Track students to non FT students:
    • 55% of FT students complete a CLM class within 2 years of successfully completing the Elementary Algebra portion of Fast Track or Advanced Fast Track.
    • 41% of non FT students complete a CLM class within 2 years of completing Elementary Algebra.
  • 13. Advertising Fast Track
    • Counselors and faculty
    • Prep Talk (newsletter to high school seniors)
    • Continuing Education office
    • Credit and non credit schedules of classes
    • Direct Mail
    • Flyers
    • Brochures
    • Web page (montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/FastTrack.html)
  • 14. Replication Locations of Fast Track (currently in use)
    • Central Piedmont CC, Charlotte, NC
    • University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Riverside CC, Riverside, California
    • Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI
    • Mountain Empire CC, Big Stone Gap, VA
  • 15. Results at CPCC (two years)
    • CPCC:
    • Over 400 students have taken FT
    • 71% passed next class versus 50% for non FT students
    • Courses are 15 hrs each for Prealg, Elem Alg, and Int Alg.
    • Required enrollment in following semester
    • Courses offered in January, May, and August
  • 16. Results at UAF (one year)
    • Only 41 students in first year (small school of 10,000 students at 6 campuses with FT offered at only the Tanana Valley and Fairbanks campuses so far)
    • 86% passed next class versus 50% non FT students
    • Courses offered in January, May, and August
    • 24% advanced one level (vice MC experience of 67%)
    • Now offered as a 1 credit course
  • 17. Wildlife You May Encounter on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus Photo by Todd Paris, UAF Marketing and Communications
  • 18. A Normal Winter Day at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Photo by Todd Paris, UAF Marketing and Communications
  • 19. How to Start a FT-like Program
    • Determine what courses it should cover
    • Determine if a math class will be required in following semester
    • Offer through Continuing Education?
    • Talk to a number of schools about their start up experiences
    • Determine the number of classroom hours
    • Develop course materials
    • Make a presentation to your counselors
    • Advise all math faculty of the plan
    • Develop a brochure for interested students
    • Develop a flyer
  • 20. Start Up Contacts
    • Mountain Empire CC: Sylvia Brown [email_address]
    • Suzanne Williams – [email_address]
    • Rock Valley College: Kathleen Almy [email_address]
    • Debbie Moses – [email_address]
    • Madison Area Technical College: Judy Jones [email_address]
    • Stanly CC: Nancy Joines joinesnh@stanly.edu
  • 21. Conclusions
    • Better Placement
    • Better Grades
    • Improved Retention

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