Preparing the Underprepared: Bridging the Gaps in Core Mathematics


In an effort to meet the needs of underprepared students and reduce the numbers of auditors and repeaters in basic study math courses, an introductory math course called Preparatory Algebra was developed. The course was created as a partnership between the Department of Basic Studies and the Mathematics Department. This article examines the research supporting the development of this course as well as the data highlighting its success. This course has led to improvement in students’ success in College Algebra and will hopefully contribute to retention and graduation rates.

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