Accelerating Math Outcomes
LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York began offering a co-requisite statistics with elementary algebra course in the fall of 2013. This one semester course is for non-STEM majors and is equivalent to, in terms of standards and rigor, the traditional elementary algebra and college-level elementary statistics sequence. The key difference is it allows students to access college-level material immediately without having to first complete developmental education courses like elementary algebra.
A comparison of students who took the co-requisite course to students who took the traditional sequence shows a significant improvement among the co-requisite students. On average, the students who took the non-STEM co-requisite course had a 35 percentage point increase in course completion compared to the traditional sequence students. The increase in course completion ranged from anywhere between 29% to 43%. This Points of Interest shows that students who take a co-requisite statistics course have a higher likelihood of completing college-level statistics within their first year of college.