TNCC to Introduce New Developmental Math Model, Spring 2012

Published: November 18, 2011

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will introduce a new course model for developmental math students during the spring 2012 semester. The redesign is part of a Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) initiative to reduce the overall need for developmental education, reduce students’ time in developmental courses to one academic year and increase the number of developmental education students graduating or transferring in four years from one in four students (25 percent) to at least one in three students (33 percent). TNCC faculty Elena Byrd, Theresa Nystrom, Libby Arnesen, Mary Dubbe and Steven Wells were directly involved with the VCCS’s redesign efforts. They have been assisted with campus implementation planning by Duane Nestor, Rudy Schwab, Cathy Hoffmaster, and Sandie Dashiell.

The current model is comprised of three developmental courses that include lecture and traditional classroom activities. The redesign will divide those courses into nine units of computer-aided instruction that will require students to listen to video lectures and complete homework and quizzes online.

Students will be able to work at their own pace while instructors offer one-on-one assistance and work with small groups. The total number of developmental credits has been reduced from 13 to nine to decrease the hours students spend in developmental math. The new placement tests will allow students to place into specific units, helping them advance to credit courses as soon as they are ready.

For more information about the developmental course redesign, please contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 825-2725.

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Comment from Christine pool - November 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

How can we find out if this is better for us?

Comment from Sherry - November 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I would love to hear your process of getting to this point, and I would love to stay in touch about your progress. We have started the same kind of redesign, and I would love to share with others!

Comment from Thomas Nelson Community College - November 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Please contact the Business, Public Services, Information Systems and Mathematics Division at (757) 825-2900 for additional clarification on this new program.

Comment from Brian K. Bowen - December 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

As a “new” (been in college before) student, and requiring this course, I would like to become one of the new students for this program. My Question is: will this program be completed in one semester? I am looking forward to getting on with the remainder of my majors course-work.