According to Napa Valley College's Student Success Scorecard provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), NVC claimed a 25% remedial progress rate in mathematics among those credit students that began their mathematics general education sequence in Pre-Algebra (MATH-55). This means that only 1 in 4 students that attempted that courses ever successfully completed a college-level (degree-applicable) course. Among students that begin in Pre-Algebra, more than half (57% in 2015-2016) are identified as economically disadvantged by the CCCCO, and have consistently been disproportiontely Hispanic across the last seven academic years (52% Hispanic in 2015-2016).
Additionally, according to other recent NVC studies, students that began anywhere in the remedial sequence that are able to complete a degree, certificate, or transfer to a four-year institution within six years on average took more than a year longer than their counterparts that did not require remediation.
It is the goal of current Title V Project to improve both the remedial progress of rate of students beginning their mathematics general education requirements in Pre-Algebra, as well as improving the overall time to completion among students placed in the remedial sequence.
Sherry Lohse, Professor of Mathematics, Napa Valley College
Measureable Objectives related to the Basic Skills Math Progression Pathway
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