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SMART Math Jackson State Community College Jackson, Tennessee. Redesigned Developmental Math Program. Annual Enrollment: 2200 Sections: 71 Section Size: 30 (24 at centers) Fully Implemented in Fall 2009. Goals: Improve Student Success Increase Learning

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Jackson State Community College

Jackson, Tennessee

Redesigned Developmental Math Program

Annual Enrollment: 2200

Sections: 71

Section Size: 30 (24 at centers)

Fully Implemented in Fall 2009


  • Improve Student Success
  • Increase Learning
  • Prepare students for career and
  • educational goals – not just
  • remediate high school
  • deficiencies







SMART Math Center at Jackson State

Attempted to remediate high school math deficiencies
  • Three Traditional Courses: Basic Mathematics, Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra
  • Student had to successfully complete all three courses before enrolling in Allied Health or Nursing programs or taking certain college level courses
  • Student had to pass course or start over next term
  • Pass Rate: 42%
  • Each instructor designed own course presentations, lectures, homework assignments, and tests
  • Student class time was inflexible

What Did We Do Before the Redesign?

smart math objectives
SMART MathObjectives
  • Mastery of Competencies – Not Just Self-Paced
  • Accommodation of Learning Styles
  • On-demand Individual Assistance
  • Immediate Feedback on Tests and Homework
  • Opportunity to Progress More Quickly (or slowly)
  • More Frequent Opportunities for Success
  • Student requirements based on educational and career goals
how we got started
How We Got Started

12 modules replaced 3 traditional courses.

To satisfy a module the overall grade must be at least 75%.

Components of each module grade:

Attendance 5%

Notebooks 10%

Homework 15%

Post-Test (Proctored) 70%

record keeping
Record Keeping
  • For which course does the student register?

“Shell Courses” that do not designate modules

DSPM 0891 Developmental Mathematics I

DSPM 0892 Developmental Mathematics II

DSPM 0893 Developmental Mathematics III

  • All new students enroll in DSPM 0891
    • Student completes at least 4 modules (or all required if < 4)
    • Grade = Average of 4 highest modules scores
  • Students still needing to complete more modules enroll in DSPM 0892/DSPM 0893
mastery learning
Mastery Learning
  • New students begin with Pre-Test on Module 1
      • 80% mastery moves student to next module
  • If less than 80%, student completes
      • Homework in MyMathLab
      • Practice Test in MyMathLab
      • Post Test in MyMathLab
      • SMART Math notes – (workbook format)
  • 80% mastery to move from one homework assignment to next
  • 75% mastery on proctored post test
learning increased
Learning Increased

Mean Scores on Post Test by Modules

student success increased students passing the course
Student Success IncreasedStudents Passing the Course

Overall Success Rate Increased by 45%!

retention increased students enrolled in course to end
Retention IncreasedStudentsEnrolled in Course to End

Overall retention increased by 14%!

cost savings for institution
Cost Savings for Institution
  • Reduced cost per student by over 20%
    • Reduced total number of sections by 28%
      • Increasing maximum class size from 24 to 30
      • Providing opportunity for students to complete developmental coursework more quickly
    • Reduced number of sections taught by full time faculty from 78% to 58%
    • Utilized tutors at lower cost per hour than faculty
  • Improved retention of students by over 14%
  • Increased college enrollment numbers by enrolling students more readily in credit bearing courses
Jackson State Mathematics Department
  • wishes to thank:
  • The Tennessee Board of Regents for giving us the opportunity to make our dreams a reality.
  • National Council of Academic Transformation for guidance and encouragement throughout the whole process.

Come visit us and see our SMART MathCenter!

Betty Frost, Presenter

Associate Professor of Mathematics & Redesign Team Leader

[email protected]