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Counting on Math Faculty

Examining the Role of Faculty and Instructional Practices in Students Gateway Math Success

Mina Dadgar | Sam Riggs | Michelle Hodara | Dina Buck

This study represents a rare attempt to understand the role instructors and instructional practices play in determining student success, analyzing data for 22,827 students in 704 gateway math courses at four California community colleges. 


Key Take-aways: 

  1. Math faculty are the most important factor in determining a student’s successful completion of gateway math.

  2. Specific instructional practices can reduce racial disparities in gateway math course outcomes.

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