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Jump in College Algebra Pass Rates

This Points of Interest shows that although most student groups experience an increase in success rates with co-requisite college algebra, black students see the biggest jump.
April 22, 2020
Vilan Odekar
Tags: Acceleration, Accurate Placement, Student Supports, 1. Identify academic direction and supports., 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., 4. Streamline remediation options., 7. Prioritize the student experience., Structuring Equity, Transfer and Course Applicability

In 2016, the University of Cincinnati in the state of Ohio replaced all developmental math courses with co-requisites. No longer were students placed into developmental math sequences that could derail their chances of reaching college-level courses. Students could now enroll directly in college-level math courses with “just in time” support in the form of a one credit, two additional contact hour co-requisite companion course.

An analysis of student pass rates from fall of 2017 to spring of 2019 shows that most of the students enrolled in the co-requisite college algebra course outperformed those in the standalone course. Black students saw the largest increase of all the student groups: 85% passing the co-requisite course versus 59% for the standalone course, a jump in 26 percentage points. This Points of Interest shows that although most student groups experience an increase in success rates with co-requisite college algebra, black students see the biggest jump.