College of Education Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 6-2011

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Andrea Kaufman

Second Advisor

Fr. Patrick McDevitt

Third Advisor

Wayne D. Watson

Abstract

The concerns for remedial education are not new – as remedial education has a long history. Yet, the issues are gaining prominence in our discourse about improving the outcomes associated with post-secondary education. Any discussion of improvement is often accompanied by a discussion regarding the challenge posed to post-secondary institutions in meeting the growing remedial needs of the students that they receive. The purpose of this research is to evaluate community college placement of students into remedial coursework through an examination of whether a student’s high school mathematics preparation and mathematics grade average are a significant determinant of their completion of the remedial math sequence – as referenced by successful completion of the common midterm and final examinations. Stated differently, this study will attempt to derive the predictive validity of a student’s high school grade point average and mathematics grade point average with respect to their performance on the common assessments (midterm and final) used in the remedial mathematics sequence. A non-experimental, quantitative, correlational research design was used for the study.