Posts published on December 2, 2009

The College Remedial Trap And How To Get Out Of It :Part 2

  Most college remediation is in math where students need to take up to three remedial courses to reach a beginning transfer course to a four year college. Most do not survive this path. According to the Carnegie Foundation, about 65% cannot pass these developmental courses and reach the first transfer class. Carnegie proposes to develop a one year math sequence ending with a statistics course that will count toward 4 year transfer credit. This new course would contain statistics, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning rather than just algebra.

   This sounds like a good idea, but will the universities accept this different math content, and is there an ample supply of statistics teachers? For the article see San Jose Mercury News on December 1.