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Sustainability

Northern Arizona University

Will the redesign be sustained now that the grant period is over?

The NAU implementation is behind the proposed timeline due to the disastrous semester with ALEKS. The department and design team are committed to moving forward and implementing the full redesign envisaged in the proposal. With information on what worked and what did not at Riverside Community College, the University of Idaho and previous semesters at NAU, the team has a solid plan for 2004.

In addition to making changes in the "self-paced" aspects of the redesign, work has started with advisors campus-wide so that: (1) students are properly advised and placed in a mathematics course appropriate for their major, whether that is College Algebra or another course, and (2) students who will be taking this course will know what to expect before enrolling in College Algebra. A web site has been put in place to support this. Department graduate students will be used in a variety of ways; they will spend more time in class than ever before, but will have no grading and little class preparation and bookkeeping duties.

With the university expecting financial problems for the next few years ahead, the department is committed to offering College Algebra using a format that realizes considerable cost savings. The team will endeavor to make the spring 2004 plan as successful as possible, and then use the spring data to make fall 2004 more economical but as academically successful. The team is optimistic in thinking that the redesign will be successful both in terms of student learning outcomes and in the budget book, and that the program can become a model for others on campus and beyond.

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