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1 Innovation Project: Math Boot Camp Patti Barnes Pat Suess, Ph.D.

2 Project Scope - 1 The purpose of this project was to provide an intensive review of the basic concepts in Prealgebra (MTH:020) for recent high school graduates who have taken an advanced mathematics course (Algebra II or higher) in high school and yet have placed into MTH:020 on the STLCC placement test.

3 Project Scope - 2 At the conclusion of the Math Boot Camp the students were allowed to retest and then be placed into the appropriate course, hopefully eliminating or reducing the need for developmental coursework.

4 Project Highlights - 1  4-day, 1.12 CE credits (3.5 hours each day)  Workshop format  Pre-test: identified student’s areas of weakness  Mini-lectures on 4 core topics:  Fractions  Decimals  Percents and proportions  Solving equations

5 Project Highlights - 2  Individualized skill-building and problem- solving practice  Mastery-level testing  Post-test: placement test retake  Student eligibility:  Graduated from high school in previous 18 months  Completed Algebra II or higher in high school  Scored between 26 and 59 on the Arithmetic portion of the STLCC placement test

6 Project Team  Project Coordinator: Patti Barnes, Manager of Asssessment, FV  Faculty Leader: Pat Suess, Chair of Mathematics Department, FV  Faculty Participants:  John Elliott, MC  Evelyn Corich, FP  Anne Marie Mosher, FV

7 Project Tasks Completed - 1  Pre-test and mastery test instrument identified – MyMathTest  Topics and delivery schedule developed  Bridges to Elementary Algebra (MTH:027) materials were reviewed  Format, sequence of topics, method(s) of instruction determined

8 Project Tasks Completed - 2  Pre-test and individualized mastery-level tests were refined  Skill-building and problem-solving practice sets were reviewed and edited  Instructional materials were revised  A detailed/daily schedule of topics was created  Student workbooks were compiled and printed for each session

9 Project Tasks Completed - 3  The student recruitment plan was finalized  Assessment and advising managers at each campus were asked to assist in recruiting participants  Prospect identification questions were added to the math placement test at each campus  Continuing Education scheduled a pilot course session at each campus  600 eligible students received follow-up notices

10 Results - 1  15 students were registered for each Math Boot Camp (with 28 students on wait lists)  2 students cancelled their registration  45 students actually attended the four sessions  Boot Camp sessions were scheduled during July:  FP 7/11 – 12:30 – 4:00 pm  MC 7/11 – 5:30 – 9:00 pm  FV 7/18 – 1:00 – 4:30 pm  WW /25 – 5:30 – 9:00 pm

11 Results - 2  The student registration fee was $25  8 students applied for scholarships to cover the registration fee  Gift cards for STLCC bookstores were given to participants who completed the program

12 Results - 3  2 students did not meet the entrance qualifications  29 of the 43 qualified students moved out of MTH:020  3 placed into MTH:040  17 placed into MTH:030  8 placed into MTH:140  1 placed into MTH:160

13 Results – 4(Eligibility) Campus Number of Students Meeting Eligibility Requirements* Florissant Valley209 Forest Park180 Meramec324 Wildwood22 Harrison Center35 *Students tested between March 1 and June 22, 2011.

14 Results – 5(Final Placement) Course PlacementNumber of students MTH 020 Pre Algebra (no change) 14 (32.6%) MTH 040 Elementary Algebra and Basic Math 3 (7.0%) MTH 030 Elementary Algebra 17 (39.5%) MTH 140 Intermediate Algebra 8 (18.6%) MTH 160 College Algebra1 (2.3%)

15 Recommendations - 1  Expand Math Boot Camp to include multiple face-to-face summer sessions at each campus  Keep the enrollment capacity at 15 per session  Continue to offer the program through Continuing Education (not a majority opinion)  Develop a 60-minute train-the-trainer program to help adjunct instructors prepare to teach Math Boot Camp sessions

16 Recommendations - 2  Continue to use MyMathTest for pre-testing, mastery-level testing, and individualized student practice  Align the MyMathTest components with COMPASS (includes more topics in the Prealgebra section than Accuplacer)  Revise/reduce the student workbook materials

17 Recommendations - 3  Pilot self-directed sessions:  Students would follow a customized set of directions to manage their own instruction  A retest appointment would be scheduled upon registration  Package student materials and MyMathTest access codes for sale in STLCC bookstores  Expand the program to include review materials for Elementary Algebra (aligned with COMPASS)

18 Thank you! Any Questions


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