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Improving Mathematics Placement for Community College Students: An Evaluation of Placement Improvement Programs

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dc.contributor.author Cloutier, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-27T17:10:58Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-27T17:10:58Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2323/5271
dc.description Thesis (Ed.D. in Community College Leadership) -- Ferris State University, Community College Leadership Program, 2014. en_US
dc.description This dissertation is submitted in partial fuulfillment of the requriements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership.
dc.description.abstract New incoming community college students are not aware of placement tests, their importance, and how to prepare for them. Consequently, many are placed into mathematics classes below their ability level. This study is a quantitative evaluation of two placement improvement programs, placement preparation workshops and three-week review courses, which were created by a community college to help students obtain a more reflective placement for their abilities. This evaluation focuses on student data to analyze the effects of placement preparation workshops and three-week placement review courses in helping students improve their college math placement, contribute towards students’ cumulative math class success, and to overall college success for students of all ages and genders. While these programs attracted both students who desired to improve their mathematics placement, and those who desired information and practice resources prior to testing, these programs resulted in students who improved their mathematics placement, with some students testing completely out of their program of study’s math requirement, and led to retention, math success, and overall college success rates for participating students that were comparable, and in most cases much higher, than the overall rates for all or developmental math students at this college. Finally, several recommendations are given that could assist all community colleges in preparing new incoming students for a placement test, and contribute to improved enrollment, retention, success, and graduation rates of community college students. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Ferris State University en_US
dc.subject Community colleges. en_US
dc.subject Math placement en_US
dc.subject Placement test preparation en_US
dc.subject Student success en_US
dc.title Improving Mathematics Placement for Community College Students: An Evaluation of Placement Improvement Programs en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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