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Structured Learning Assistance, Supporting Core Mathematics Courses Serving Students with Mathematics Deficiencies at APSU

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Austin Peay State University Clarksville, Tennessee A Tennessee Board of Regents University Purpose of Project: Reduce time and cost for students while improving satisfactory completion, retention, and graduation rates Pre-redesign course structure: Lecture based DSPM courses followed by core mathematics course (1984-2005) Computer-Based Delivery (My MATH Lab) (2005-07) Project status: 4 th semester of pilot Funded with grant from TN Board of Regents FIPSE grant Chosen by NCAT as 6 th National Model

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Impetus for Redesign TN Board of Regents State-Wide Redesign of Developmental Studies-- forget the focus on high school deficiency; place students in courses needed for their majors and provide the support for them to succeed At APSU Unsatisfactory performance in non-university level (developmental) mathematics Unsatisfactory retention-to-graduation rates Developmental courses no longer correlated with university mathematics core courses

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Why Initiate a Redesign? 43.5 % of APSU students entered the university with a mathematics deficiency Lower retention rate for students with deficiencies (56.6% vs. 69.7%) Cost of developmental courses State University Students

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The Redesign Team FacultyAPSU Mathematics Department Professional Staff Registrar Institutional Research & Effectiveness Instructional Specialist, Academic Support Center Human Resources Administration Dean, Enrollment Management & Academic Support

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Pre-redesign Model (Math) DSPM 0800 Elementary Algebra ACT 15-16 53.1% success rate DSPM 0850 Intermediate Algebra ACT 17-18 Completed DSPM 0800 51.2% success rate Math 1010 Mathematical Thought and Practice 85.0% success rate Math 1530 Statistics 56.2% success rate

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Linked Workshop Model Professor: Classroom Core course content Grade determination SLA Leader: Workshop Prerequisite competencies Reinforce key course concepts Test review Guidance Feedback

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Results Student Success Rates Pre-redesignPost-redesign Math 101033.0%70.5% Math 153022.5%51.9% Note: The pre-redesign success rates are calculated based on placement levels and success rates in DSP and core courses. Assumption: The success rate for the DSP courses is equal to the probability of a random student passing the course. The post-redesign success rates are observed results.

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Results 2006 Cohort (Pre-redesign) 2007 Cohort (Post-redesign) FTFT students entering with a mathematics deficiency 459467 Retention rate59.9%63.6%

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Results Cost / Earning Comparison Pre-redesign DSP Course Core CourseEnhanced Course Cost / student$143$202$247 Tuition$321$756 Difference$178$554$509 SLA reduced class space requirements by 70 hours / week.

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Challenges Technology Student familiarization/ access Banner Personnel Faculty Recruiting Hold harmless during pilot SLA Leaders Recruiting Training Other Balancing the course demand Students needing pre-calculus for major

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Department of Mathematics Dr. Nell Rayburn, Professor of Mathematics rayburnn@apsu.edu Enrollment Management and Academic Support Services Dr. Harriett McQueen (member, TN Board of Regents Task Force for Redesign of Developmental Studies) mcqueenh@apsu.edu APSU Contacts

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