The desire to improve retention and success rates of students in Development Education Math courses.
The students success and retention rates in their developemental math courses have been traditionally lower than other core courses.
Collaborating with Title V and the Math Division, the Academic Success Center developed a new embedded tutoring program. Through the ASC, tutors will work with students in developmental math courses inside the classroom and connect with students outside the classroom through drop-in tutoring, review sessions, group tutoring sessions, and tutoring appointments.
The pilot semester of this program was a success for developmental math students in these courses. Four sections had embedded tutors, 1 MAT081, 2 MAT091's, and 1 MAT121. The instructors in each of these selected sections of those subject had multiple sections of the same subject, but only one section had an embedded tutor. In two of the four piloted sections, courses with an embedded tutor had higher completion and success rates compared to those without.
After the Spring 2018 pilot, the success of the program encouraged us to implement and expand the program in the Fall 2018 semester. The number of sections was increased as well as the number of embedded tutors. The Academic Success Center wishes to continue supporting persistence and retention of math courses at Estrella Mountain.