This study was undertaken to obtain a clearer insight into the achievements and the mortality of entering freshmen in college mathematics. In the fall of 1952, one thousand and four (1004) students (nearly all freshmen) enrolled in the college algebra course at The Iowa State College. This study records their successes and failures as of the end of the winter quarter of 1954. Then they had had three quarters in their freshman year, (a summer quarter in 1953) and two quarters in the 1953-54 school year. For instructional purposes each of the 1004 entering freshmen were assigned to one of three groups, namely an accelerated group, a normal group, and a group getting remedial attention. The first group was selected for their excellent work and their promise of future success. They were 128 in number and they elected to take algebra and trigonometry in one quarter. The group given remedial attention was selected for their lack of achievement in previous scholastic work and their willingness to accept the remedial work.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1954 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
"A Study of Student Achievement and Mortality in College Mathematics,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 61(1), 320-323.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol61/iss1/37