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Joyce Lindstrom Dorrit O’Hallaron Dot Peterson Jackie Radle St. Charles Community College Tapping the Creative Energy of Adjuncts

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SCC Adjunct Presenters Dorrit O’Hallaron Full-time turned adjunct and loving it! Dot Peterson Dynamic veteran teacher from local K-12 district who captivates her high school audiences Jackie Radle Young, vibrant professional teaching part-time while she raises her family

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What percent of high school seniors take math? Trivia Question 1

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What percent of high school seniors take math? 54% Trivia Question 1

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Trivia Question 2 What percent of students who took math their senior year place at Intermediate Algebra or above on the SCC Math Placement Test?

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Trivia Question 2 What percent of students who took math their senior year place at Intermediate Algebra or above on the SCC Math Placement Test? 11.9%

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Student Preparation Student Engagement Student Success

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Achieving Success in Mathematics at St. Charles Community College The purpose of this booklet and presentation is to help high school students become more knowledgeable of the placement process and time-management issues as they prepare to begin college. It is important to take a math class every year of high school, including the senior year. This will help students to be more prepared for the placement test, which determines the math class that one is eligible to take during their first semester at SCC. While remedial classes are certainly useful and necessary, they do not count as credits toward a degree. It is our goal for students to be placed where they have the best chance for success; thus, it is very important to understand the placement process. When the placement process is complete, it is time to plan the first semester. Careful planning is vital to success in every college semester. Instructors expect students to spend at least twice the amount of class time outside of class to complete assignments and to study. Recognizing the time demands of college work and managing one's schedule to accommodate these demands are essential to academic success. And we want you to be successful!

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Plan for Success in College Mathematics Junior Year 1.) SCC Placement Exam - Understand your placement skill level. 2.) Take the ACT

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Plan for Success in College Mathematics Senior Year – Take Math your senior year. – Take the ACT – Visit the SCC Math Department Website an practice the SCC Placement Test – (Practice, Practice, Practice)

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Registering for Classes: – Take the Math Placement Exam early and Register for Classes EARLY. (Allow 1 hour for the exam.) – SCC Placement Exam has a drop down calculator. – If you feel the Math Placement is inaccurate, follow the Appeal Process. Plan for Success in College Mathematics

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Plan for Success in Mathematics 1.) You must stay in your Math sequence. 2.) ACE Center has FREE tutoring help (Also tutoring in Language Arts and Science.) 3.) Visit with your instructor for FREE help during their Office Hours.

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SCC Transfer SCC math students have reported successful transitions to a 4-year colleges and universities.

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SCC Math Department Math Department website: www.stchas.edu/divisions/msh/mathindex.shtmlwww.stchas.edu/divisions/msh/mathindex.shtml You can prepare for: Pre-Algebra Algebra Geometry Trigonometry College Algebra Your math course determination is done using your Math Placement Test. If this is not where you think you should be, you must meet with an SCC counselor, and take a re-assessment test on paper. This is submitted on a computer, and then your grade decides your ‘new placement’. Your final appeal is with the department chair. The math chair looks at your high school transcript and your ACT score. After the math chair, there are no more appeals available. Calculus students can place in Calculus II if they pass the Calculus AB test with a 3, 4 or 5 and they receive 5 hours of SCC credit. If they pass the Calculus BC test with a 3, 4, or 5, they will receive 10 hours of SCC credit and be placed in Calculus III. There is no higher placement available. If they do not pass the AP Calculus test, they must take the compass placement test.

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Math Placement Exam The math placement exam is used to place students into the math course that corresponds to their current math skill level. All entering freshmen and transfer students who have not yet obtained a grade of "C" or better in a transfer math course are required to take this placement exam. We use an ACT product called Compass as our placement tool. On this placement exam, the on-screen calculator may be used. However, knowledge of basic mathematical concepts including computation with fractions, decimals, and signed numbers is still a necessary pre-requisite skill. We recommend that all high school students continually review basic computation skills and take math their senior year in order to maintain and retain their math skills prior to entering college. The following Web sites provide practice exercises for preparing for our Compass placement exam. Try working these exercises without using your calculator. http://www.testprepreview.com/ (select Compass Practice, then choose appropriate modules) http://www.testprepreview.com/ www.act.org/compass/sample/ (select mathematics then select content areas to view short sample tests OR select PDF versions which provide more sample questions) www.act.org/compass/sample/ www.cs.umsl.edu/PlacementTest/ (This is the University of Missouri-St. Louis Math Department webpage with practice exercises) www.cs.umsl.edu/PlacementTest/ mathonline.missouri.edu (This math site is offered through the University of Missouri-Columbia and provides many sample tests.) mathonline.missouri.edu http://www.mymathtest.com/ (This site is sponsored by the Mathematics Department at Nassau Community College and Addison-Wesley. It provides several practice tests.) http://www.mymathtest.com/

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Sample Test Six Questions Ten Minutes

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Placement Information 1.) b 2.) b 3.) d 4.) d 5.) a 6.) c ScoreMath Placement Credit Hours 1Dev Math I0 2,3Dev Math II0 4Beg Alg0 5,6Int Alg0 *College Algebra4 Needed to Graduate from a Missouri University

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Scheduling for Success

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Time Management Tool

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High School Teacher Feedback

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Trivia Question 3 What percent of high school seniors take math after hearing the SCC presentation as a junior?

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Effect Hearing SCC Presentation Has on Taking Math During the Senior Year of High School

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Trivia Question 4 What percent of students who took math their senior year place at Intermediate Algebra or above on the SCC Math Placement Test after hearing the SCC presentation as juniors?

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Impact of SCC Presentation and Senior Year Math on College Math Placement

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Cost of SCC Outreach Program to High School Juniors After development of booklet, cost to deliver message to high school juniors: Adjunct Compensation + Booklet Printing Number of Students Hearing Presentation $9302.50 + $2491.17 3622 $3.26 per student

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This project has been funded by the St. Charles Community College Foundation

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Additional Activities of Adjunct Group

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Joyce Lindstrom jlindstrom@stchas.edu Dorrit O’Hallaron dohallaron@stchas.edu Dot Peterson dotpete2@yahoo.com Jackie Radle jradle@stchas.edu

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