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Math Placement and PAC e Program Overview. Lois Samer Anita Pattison. University Math Requirement. Category 1B of the AUCC is 3 credits of mathematics. This requirement must be completed within the first 60 credits (CSU and transfer) taken.

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Math Placement and PACe Program Overview

Lois Samer

Anita Pattison


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University Math Requirement

  • Category 1B of the AUCC is 3 credits of mathematics.

  • This requirement must be completed within the first 60 credits (CSU and transfer) taken.

  • The student’s degree program determines which math class is appropriate.


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Eligibility to Take Math at CSU

  • You must satisfy the prerequisite.

  • The prerequisite for the entry level math classes is satisfactory placement from a CSU math placement exam.

    • Entry Level Math Classes

      • MATH 117 – College Algebra I

      • MATH 130 – Math in the Social Sciences

      • MATH 133 – Financial Mathematics

      • MATH 135 – Patterns of Phenomena


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True/False

  • MATH 130 is harder than MATH 117.

    • FALSE  The degree of course difficulty is relative to the individual student, but the content of MATH 117 is more challenging than the content of MATH 130.

    • Entry level math courses in order of difficulty.

      • MATH 130 – Math in the Social Sciences

      • MATH 133 – Financial Mathematics/

        MATH 135 – Patterns of Phenomena

      • MATH 117 – College Algebra I


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True/False

  • MATH 130 satisfies the prerequisite for MATH 117.

    • FALSE  MATH 130 is a terminal math course. It does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other course.

    • The prerequisite for MATH 117 is satisfactory performance on a CSU math placement exam.


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CSU Math Placement Exams

  • The Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)

  • The Prerequisite Exam (taken after completion of the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Tutorial)


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Math Placement Exam

  • All students start with the MPE

  • A 50 item exam

  • Tests prerequisite background skills for entry level math courses

  • Also covers the content of the pre-calculus courses MATH 117 – 126


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Pre-Calculus Courses

MATH 117 – College Algebra I

MATH 118 – College Algebra II

MATH 124 – Logarithmic and Exponential

Functions

MATH 125 – Numerical Trigonometry

MATH 126 – Analytic Trigonometry


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MPE Attempts

  • Incoming students may take one time remotely prior to arrival on campus

  • Students are allowed 2 on-campus (proctored) attempts

  • Students should study and do the practice problems in the MPE Review Materials before taking the exam


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Possible MPE Results

  • May place into

    • MATH 130 only

    • MATH 130, 133, and 135

    • all entry level math courses

  • May place out of

    • one or more of the pre-calculus courses

    • and possibly earn University credit for one or more of the pre-calculus courses (from a proctored attempt)


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Default Placement

  • All students will place into MATH 130 at a minimum

  • Students will need to retake the MPE or the Prerequisite Exam to place into other math courses


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Entry Level Math (ELM) Tutorial

  • An online instructional program designed to prepare students for college level mathematics

  • May be completed remotely

  • Free tutoring is available in the PACe Tutoring Center during the academic year

  • Gives students access to the Prerequisite Exam


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ELM Tutorial

  • Possible outcomes

    • Satisfy the University’s admission requirement in mathematics for potential transfer students

    • Eligibility to take the Prerequisite Exam

      • Units 1-3  satisfy the prerequisite for MATH 133 and MATH 135

      • Units 1-4  satisfy the prerequisite for MATH 133, MATH 135 and MATH 117


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FAQ About the ELM Tutorial

  • How long does it take to complete?

    • Depends on the student’s math background, math aptitude, and how effectively the student utilizes the Tutorial

    • Can be completed in less than a single day


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FAQ About the ELM Tutorial

  • What level math does it cover?

    • Contents begin around an 8th grade level and build to intermediate algebra skills


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FAQ About the ELM Tutorial

  • How is it structured?

    • Four units of content, each having about ten objectives

    • The content of each objective is presented using PDF overviews, instructional video clips, example problems and practice problems.

    • Each unit has a review exam that must be passed to move onto the next unit.


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FAQ About the ELM Tutorial

  • Must students complete the Tutorial to take the Prerequisite Exam?

    • Yes  but how much they complete depends on the desired outcome.


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FAQ About the ELM Tutorial

  • How many times may students take the Prerequisite Exam?

    • an unlimited number of attempts


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FAQ About the ELM Tutorial

  • Should a student retake the MPE or complete the ELM Tutorial?

    • If the algebra section of the MPE felt too challenging, the student may find the Tutorial to be a better fit.


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FAQ About the ELM Tutorial

  • Can the student work on the Tutorial as a review for the MPE?

    • Yes  A student may find it beneficial to utilize the instruction in the Tutorial as a way to review for the MPE. But, the student should still prepare further by using the MPE review materials.


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Math Placement information can be found on the Mathematics Department website.

www.math.colostate.edu


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Math Mod Evolution Department website.

  • From 1975 to 1989 the pre-calculus courses were taught in the Math Module System (MMS).

  • In 1989 the MMS evolved into the Individualized Mathematics Program (IMP). The label ‘Math Mods’ was dropped.

  • Beginning Fall 2006 the IMP became the PACe Program.


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P Department website.acedAlgebra toCalculus electronically


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PAC Department website.e Program

An online program with a variety of instructional resources to help students learn pre-calculus mathematics


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PAC Department website.e Minicourses

MATH 117 – College Algebra I

MATH 118 – College Algebra II

MATH 124 – Logarithmic and Exponential

Functions

MATH 125 – Numerical Trigonometry

MATH 126 – Analytic Trigonometry


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Mastery Based Program Department website.

  • Students must ‘master’ the content of each unit (earn a minimum passing score) before moving on to the next unit.

  • Non-punitive in nature

    • Unlimited retesting

    • Extended withdrawal deadline

    • Grade of U for non-completion


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • Minicourses are self paced.

    • No  Students are required to maintain a minimum pace.

    • Students may work at a faster pace and finish earlier.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • Students must learn on their own.

    • No  There are a variety of learning resources to help students master the content of a minicourse.

      • Printable PDFs of instruction

      • Online instructional video clips

      • Tutors

      • Written solutions to problems


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Instructor Paced Classes Department website.

  • Offered the first three years of the PACe Program, but discontinued Fall 2009 due to lack of demand.


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PAC Department website.e Program Course Website

http://online.math.colostate.edu


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • Students have five weeks to complete each minicourse.

    • No  A number of factors will determine how long a student may have to complete a minicourse.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • Students can add these courses anytime during the semester.

    • No  The courses must be added during the first 5 days of classes.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • PACe minicourses are online so students do not need to come to campus.

    • Students can complete most of the coursework from any computer but will need to take proctored exams in the PACe Testing Center.

    • Many students find it advantageous to work at the PACe Center to utilize the computer lab and tutors.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • Everyone takes MATH 117, MATH 118, and MATH 124.

    • No!  Which three credits a student completes is entirely dependent upon his/her degree program and placement results.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • When a student’s schedule gets hectic…these courses can be put on the backburner.

    • That is the student’s prerogative…but there could be consequences.

    • These courses are just like all courses at the University. They have requirements and deadlines the student must meet.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • Students just come to the PACe Center and take tests.

    • No  In the Math Module System and IMP this could have been true. In the PACe Program, the student must complete required coursework to be eligible to test.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • These classes are easy A’s.

    • Maybe true, maybe not.


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Myth or Fact? Department website.

  • Students may enroll in a minicourse they have placed out of to earn credit.

    • Yes!


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PAC Department website.e Orientation

  • Held during the first week of classes each semester.

    • 25 minute orientation explains how the PACe Program works

    • Announced in the Class Schedule

    • Students typically receive 2 email notifications

    • Orientation schedule posted on the PACe website


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PAC Department website.e Program Website

www.math.colostate.edu


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