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Dave Sobecki Miami University Hamilton Brian Mercer Parkland College

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We begin with a metaphor… Online Dev Math

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The scope of the problem: (National) Over 60% of entering students require remedial classes 70% of those NEVER COMPLETE DEV MATH In an average year, about 4.5 million students begin college; 1.9 million will never even qualify for a college-level math course. (Carnegie Foundation)

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100 students begin college.

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60 need remedial courses.

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Of those, how many have received credit for a college-level math course after 1 year? Actually, 3.54

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What about after two years?

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Three years?

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Aw, c’mon man… after FOUR YEARS?

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The consequence: (Ohio)

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100 students enroll in public colleges in Ohio. 49 of them enroll in two-year schools.

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How many return as sophomores?

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How many will get their two-year degree in two years?

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What about in three years?

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Four?

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Clearly, people… WE HAVE A PROBLEM

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Building square holes for square pegs: A case study at Parkland College

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It has been joked… …that change in math happens one retirement at a time.

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Developmental Algebra at Parkland: Approximately 2/3 of incoming freshmen place into developmental math. Approximately 3/4 of those students are on a non-STEM path. Approximately 55% success at each of three levels of algebra.

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Old Parkland College Developmental Algebra Sequence Pre-Algebra Beginning Algebra Intermediate Algebra Gen Ed Math or Intro to Stat College Algebra or Pre-Calculus

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A friend from Texas recently shared… …no man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.

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So what did we do? We formed yet another committee!

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Background: Taught a Beginning and Intermediate combo course for many years 2003 pilot Intermediate Algebra/Intro to Statistics course Conversations with administration at Parkland Movement on a state and national level How I got involved

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What is Pathways? A new developmental math course for non-STEM students

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http://dm-live.wikispaces.com/

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New Parkland College Developmental Algebra Sequence Pre-Algebra Math Literacy Gen Ed Math or Intro to Stat Beginning Algebra Intermediate Algebra College Algebra or Pre- Calculus

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Goals? Alternate but still challenging path Math in context Relevant Critical thinking Address needs of students Accessible style for students Sense of comfort for faculty

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Setting Expectations: Daily Responsibilities: Attend class, attempt to see value in the mathematics we examine, know why you are here, show you care, and try your best.

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Productive Struggle: Real problems aren’t easy Persistence will pay off Take responsibility

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This isn’t an algebra class! Very few lectures Active participation required Reading, writing, and technology Group work All basic skills problems are online

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This isn’t an algebra class!

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Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Dirty Jokes? davesobecki@gmail.com bmercer@parkland.edu http://www.mhhe.com/sem/ pathways/

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