AMP UP: A Study of New Approaches to Math Remediation at Bergen Community College

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The US Department of Education has awarded multi-million dollar "First in the World" grants to 18 colleges and universities that are innovating to solve critical challenges with access, recruitment, retention, and student success. At AI, we have interviewed each of the recipients to learn more about the projects these institutions are pursuing, how their approaches are unique, and what other colleges and universities can learn from these new efforts.

2015 was the second year of the First in the World grants. You can read our interviews with the 24 institutions that received 2014 grants here.

by Lisa Cook and Daniel Fusch, Academic Impressions

More colleges are trying new approaches to math remediation to improve persistence and graduation rates for students who test into developmental courses, but there isn't much data on which approaches prove most successful. To remedy this issue, Bergen Community College is partnering with Union County College in launching a new study funded by a $2.6 million First in the World grant to see which approaches to math remediation make the greatest difference to students.

The project, "Alternatives to Math Placement, An Unprecedented Program" (AMP UP), will allow Bergen and Union County to compare the effects of various approaches. We talked to William Mullaney, vice president of academic affairs at Bergen Community College, to learn about their plans to accelerate students.


At the bottom of this article, find links to papers spotlighting very different approaches to developmental education at different institutions.

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