Learning Community (LC) faculty have been saying for 6 years that the main focus on the LC is to help students in future STEM courses. Majoring in a STEM field is difficult; math is a barrier for most students. Approximately 20% of community college students start as a STEM major with 69% of them changing it to non-STEM. The LC course is designed to help students be successful STEM students and truly understand how math and physics are intertwined. So, student grades were analyzed from fall 2010 - spring 2016. Students that went through the LC vs. those that did not did very well in university physics II and III (95% and 100% passing rates for both groups, respectively). For calculus III, 81.5% non LC students passed the course the first time while 95.3% of the LC students passed. A chi-square test of independence was used to test the relation between completing the LC and passing MAT241 at EMCC. We found that there is a significant relationship X^2 (1, N=215) = 7.42, p<.01. Those students who completed the LC were significantly more likely to pass MAT241 than students who did not take the LC. See attached for more detail.
Becky and all! Thank you for reminding us about the impact of learning communities. I hope we hear more about them on our campus and support the development of new ones. Thanks! Olga
Great results validating LCs! I hope that you make our admin aware of these results. Suggestion: send them this CATS via email with a link!