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June 14, 2015
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An Elective Mathematics Readiness Initiative for STEM StudentsThis paper reports on the longitudinal results of an online elective mathematics readiness initiative forundergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Thisinitiative was put in place in summer of 2010, and over five years has involved 823 total users. Theinitiative utilized an online commercial system for mathematics learning, and was focused mainly on thecontent associated with preparation for Calculus and preparation for Pre-Calculus. Funding to enablethe initiative was derived from the National Science Foundation under a Science, Talent ExpansionProgram grant. The licenses were issued to students who then had 77 days of learning available to them.Incentives for participation were provided, including bookstore awards ($100 to $200) if a certainthreshold for learning was achieved by the student. These thresholds included from 15 to 20 hours oflearning, to 95% completion of course content. This paper reports on the methodology for recruitingstudents to the initiative, on the longitudinal results of students in subsequent mathematics as afunction of effort put into their online mathematic review, on adjustments made to the initiative overtime as we learned more about student behavior and motivation, and on student retention of thissubset of students in STEM majors.
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