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Placing More Freshmen into College-level Mathematics Courses Helmut Knaust Director, CircLES Program Associate Dean of the Colleges of Science and Engineering April 5, 2003

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Overview of Presentation UTEP’s Science and Engineering Program CircLES and MIE at UTEP Summer Orientation Math Placement Evaluation and Assessment Reference and Acknowledgements

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Fall 2001 Enrollment 16,224 students 2,010 in Engineering +904 in Science 2,914 or 18% of total enrollment Fall 2002 Enrollment 17,232 students

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UTEP’s Model for STEM Student Success

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TimeLine

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Goals The goal of the CircLES program is to... increase student retention improve their academic performance add value to their college education

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ORIENTATION CLUSTERS ADVISING STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Structure

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CircLES - One Week-Long Orientation CONNECTIONS TO UNIVERSITY SERVICES DEVELOPMENTAL MATH REVIEW AND PLACEMENT STUDY SKILLS RESEARCH MODULES (Science or Engineering)

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Math Review Duration: 3 days, 2 hours each day Students solve math problems in small groups of 4 or 5 students Math review is led by peer facilitators The accompanying text focuses on short explanations and practice problems After the math review is complete, students retake UTEP’s math placement exam

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Placement Before and After Math Review Before After Math Review 2001(n=359) Before After Math Review 2002 (n=386)

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2002 Math Review: Mathematics Course Taken by Students Initially Placing into Intro to Algebra (n=78)

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2002 Math Review: Math Course Taken by Students Initially Placing into Intermediate Algebra (n=146)

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2002 Math Review: Mathematics Course Taken by Students Initially Placing into Pre-Calculus (n=111)

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Pre-Calculus Passing rate

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Intermediate Algebra Passing rate

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Reference Benjamin C. Flores, Jana Renner Martínez, Helmut Knaust, Ann Darnell, Lilly Romo, and Connie Kubo Della-Piana: “The Effectiveness of a Mathematics Review for Student Placement into College-Level Mathematics”. Submitted to: “Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition”, 2003.

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All Questions Answered, All Answers Questioned* * Borrowed from Donald Knuth

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