As stated in a previous CATS (Conceputual Understanding in PHY121), the focus of this assessments is on the conceptual understanding of the Learning Community compared with the traditional Phy 121 course. Current data continue to show that the overall learning of the learning community student is equivalent those of the traditional student. The gains over the last two semesters haven’t been significantly different to previous semesters. The spring semester the average gain on the FCI for both the LC and the regular 121 were about equivalent, .65 and .7 respectively. The spring semester both classes were a bit lower but not statistically different, .5 and .6 respectively. In all cases all classes exceeded the nationally average.
Despite the change in physics instructor, there was little change in the overall FCI scores, or retention/success. These remained the same but we are seeing a difference on long term success in the subsequent courses STEM, as demonstrated by Becky in the CATS, “Six Years of Data is In! ”