I have tried multiple methods to improve student completion rates in MAT121. One was to teach MAT121 integrated with AAA115. While students learned about college success skills related to math, successful completion rates were not significantly higher with AAA115 than without. In one semester, the successful completion rate of my MAT121 with AAA115 was lower than my other MAT121 sections.
In fall 2013, we did not offer MAT121/AAA115, so I decided to try MAT121 with a peer mentor in one of my three sections. Having a peer mentor did make a positive impact successful completion rates. In the section with a peer mentor, there was an 84% successful completion rate compared to 75% and 63% in my other MAT121 classes (all three sections started with 32 students).