One-on-one supplemental instruction in conjunction with developmental mathematics education courses in the community college
Nationally, close to 60% of all students enrolling in community colleges are required to take a minimum of one Developmental Mathematics or English course. According to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College, the success rate of students placed into developmental mathematics is only 31%. The Mathematics department at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas seeks to improve the success and retention of their developmental mathematics students through their Math Advocacy Center. Data was collected on developmental students utilizing their services and compared with that of the Mathematics Department for those who did not. Significant evidence was found that the use of supplemental instruction resulted in an increase in both rates of success and retention.