Corequisite courses and student outcomes at Pellissippi State Community College
"The power of the corequisite model is that we’re talking about would-be developmental students completing college-level math in a single semester."
- Sue Ann Jones-Dobbyn, Pellissippi State Community College
In the Fall of 2016 Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee launched two corequisite model courses:
Introductory Statistics / Corequisite: Principles of Statistics with Lab
Survey of Mathematics / Corequisite: Survey of Mathematical Principles with Lab
Both courses implemented MyLabs to support these new courses. Students who are in the corequisite courses signed in to two MyLab courses while students taking just the college-level course sign in to only one. Pellissippi State felt cohesion was important, so students in the support course have the same instructor in the credit course.
“Many schools don’t have the luxury or the ability to have the same instructor, but we felt it was very important,” states Mosby.
Students, in fact, agree. According to a Fall 2016 voluntary end-of-semester student survey (58 percent response rate), 81 percent of responders agreed or strongly agreed that having the same instructor in the support course and the credit course played an important role in their overall performance. Following is a breakdown of how each course uses MyLab:
College-level math course completion rates increased 14 percentage points when corequisite courses were implemented.
63 percent of student survey responders agreed or strongly agreed that the corequisite course helped them in the college-level course.
73 percent of students agreed or strongly agreed that completing work in MyLab Statistics allowed them to get a better grade in their course.