CSU Tweaks Placement Process for Undergraduate Math Requirements

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has taken another step toward eliminating barriers encountered by students who have to show they are ready for college-level math courses.

Until a few years ago, CSU required all students to take a Math Placement Test. CSU then developed a formula to calculatemath readiness that uses students' high school GPA (in college prep classes) and their scores on the math portion of the SAT or ACT tests.

The university is fine-tuning the formula this year to allow some newly admitted students to bypass the need for the MathPlacement Test altogether. Some students may still have to take the COMPASS exam – short for Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System, a widely used series of tests used to measure college readiness.

"We believe that using the math readiness formula will save students time and will allow them to complete their mathrequirement and move forward toward the completion of their educational goals," said Tina Butcher, associate provost for undergraduate education. "New students will be advised on the appropriate math courses for their majors when they attend new student orientation."

Related curriculum changes include removal of a prerequisite from MATH 1101: Mathematical Modeling and the addition of a new course option, MATH 1001: Quantitative Skills and Reasoning.

Students may still wish to take the Math Placement Test at the CSU Testing Center if one or more of these conditions apply:

Their math readiness scores indicate they aren't eligible to take the math course required by their major.They don't feel the score they earned on the mathematics portion of the SAT or ACT is indicative of their true mathematical ability.They seek placement in MATH 1131: Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1.

Improving students' chances of success in a university setting is part of a larger Complete College Georgia initiative launched by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2012, with the goal of University System of Georgia schools such as Columbus State producing 250,000 more graduates by 2020. CSU's Complete College Georgia plan calls for boosting the number of students completing degrees by 18 percent, or 1,400 students, by 2020.

June 30 is the application deadline for students seeking to start Columbus State this fall. For more information, including a new online undergraduate admissions application, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/admissions. For dates and more information on upcoming orientation sessions for new students, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/orientation.

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