Date Approved

8-27-2009

Embargo Period

3-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Community colleges--Faculty--Rating of; Mathematics--Remedial teaching

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a selected remedial mathematics course offered at a selected community college. Initial placement test scores were compared with scores resulting from a placement retest after completion of the remedial course. While the majority of students placed higher on the retest, the most significant increases were achieved by students who earned an A for the remedial course. This study also analyzed the level of education and degree major of the instructors of the remedial courses. The results indicate that instructors holding master's degrees may be slightly more effective than those holding bachelor's degrees, and that instructors with mathematics degrees may be slightly less effective than those holding non-mathematics degrees. Implications suggesting better alignment between high school exit exams and college placement exams are discussed.

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