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

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

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

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