Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2020

Degree Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

School

Education

Committee Chair

Thomas V. O'Brien

Committee Chair School

Education

Abstract

The purpose of the Pearl River Community College Remedial Mathematics Program (PRCC RMP) is to provide underprepared students with the mathematical skills needed to succeed in college-level mathematics courses. The PRCC RMP has the responsibility of maintaining and improving the program. The purpose of this study centers on evaluating a curriculum modification of the PRCC RMP. This action research project takes the form of a program review that examines the impact of a shortened sequence of remedial mathematics courses on student success at Pearl River Community College (PRCC). The researcher analyzed archival data to look at how duration in a remedial mathematics program could impact student enrollment and success in college algebra. Also, archival data was analyzed to determine if all student groups (regardless of ACT scores) benefit from the program or if only specific subgroups (based on ACT scores) benefit. The archival data consisted of final letter grades, semester terms, and ACT scores. The researcher found the shortened sequence of remedial mathematics courses to be beneficial for the enrollment and success in college algebra. The researcher found the literature recommended applying early alert systems and the utility of applying (or misapplying) labels to underprepared students. Based on the findings of the evaluation, the researcher recommends establishing program goals and continuous program evaluation aimed at streamlining the remediation program.

ORCID ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4570-8654

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