The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents met Nov. 16 on the TCC Southeast campus. Highlights from the meeting included presentations on Student Success stories, specifically the MathPath program, and Student Success Key Performance Indicators.
During the Student Success update, faculty from the TCC Math department showed data from the implementation of MathPath, which included a Q&A with current student Adelyne Graham.
MathPath allowed Adelyne, who plans to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing degree, to test out of a course, advancing her coursework and saving her both time and tuition funds.
“I didn’t really know any math,” said Graham. She said she committed to the intensive study, both in class and out. “I really enjoyed the study plans, and I worked really hard at home. I wanted to test out.”
MathPath was created to boost student’s basic math skills with the goal of placement into college level math coursework.
“The purpose was to for students to start at a basic math level and move up at least one level,” says Diane Trimble, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
The program has been a success, with 43.5 percent of students qualifying for more advanced coursework. MathPath received a full-scale implementation as of fall 2017, and saved TCC students more than $105,000 in tuition. The next step involves qualitative evaluation of the program which will include student and faculty focus groups.
“The more decision points you have, the more attrition you have,” said math faculty member Josh Baker. “We gave our adjunct faculty what they wanted.”
MathPath affected thousands of TCC students during the Fall 2017 semester.
Dr. Jennifer Ivie presented up-to-date KPIs for student success. Fall-to-fall retention rates increased from 60.4 percent to 62.1 percent; the retention rate for underrepresented and minority students jumped almost seven percent, from 55.7 percent to 62.5 percent. The College also saw in increase in numbers of students completing 24-hours of coursework their first year, as well as degrees and certificates awarded and an increase in overall licensures and certification pass rates.
Ivie also reported that the number of students-to-advisors has dropped from 1044 in 2015 to 530 in 2017, and expects that to drop to 300 as soon as early 2018.
Three new associate of arts programs were unanimously approved by the Board – Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology. By separating these programs, TCC will now be able to modify the curriculum for each degree as needed and be responsive to four-year institutions for seamless university transfer.