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Submitted By: Chrissy Gascon, Rancho Santiago Adult Education Consortium

Noncredit to Credit Math Articulation

  • Type of Practice: Articulation Pathways
  • Targeted Population: Adult Secondary Education Students, Associate Degree Students, High School Diploma Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Rancho Santiago Adult Education Consortium: Orange Unified School District, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Santa Ana Unified School District

The Challenge

Historically, high school diploma students have had difficulty making a smooth transition into credit math courses. Math placement testing is stressful and does not always indicate the true level of the student. Frequently, students test into a course two or three levels below their skill level without a way of correcting the situation. Many students are uncomfortable asking for help and do not have the confidence to inquire about their placement causing them to spend too much time on their prerequisite courses or eventually dropout. Because of these statistics, a new articulated pathway was needed to create a seamless transition for noncredit high school students wanting to enroll in credit math courses.

The Solution

Faculty from Santa Ana College (Credit Math) and the Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education (High School Subjects) met and collaborated on the best ways to meet their students' needs. The faculty decided upon an articulation agreement to shorten the pathway and create a seamless transition from noncredit to credit. The department chairs along with members of their respective departments met and discussed their current courses. High School Algebra 1B was chosen to articulate with Math 83 (Liberal Arts Pathway) or Math 84 (STEM Pathway). The Course Outlines of Record were discussed in terms of minimum requirements for successful transition, as well as using the credit Math N-48 final exam as an assessment in the course.


A newly revised High School Algebra 1B course was written to meet the requirements of the articulation agreement.
The following guidelines were agreed upon for the new Algebra 1B course upon approval:

1) Target placement for noncredit students would be into Math 83 or 84
2) The High School minimum requirement is now Algebra 1A.
3) A revised Algebra 1B course would act as a transition course into Math 83 or 84 with the following stipulations:
a. Student receives a 70% or higher in the class
b. Student passes a version of the credit N-48 final exam with a 70% or higher
4) The new Algebra 1B course will be included in the Santa Ana College Course Catalog as an optional prerequisite for Math 83 and 84 with no placement test required.

The Data

There are no student performance outcomes to date. This is an emerging practice that will be implemented in spring 2016.

Outcomes that will be measured include:
1) Track the number of Algebra 1B completers with a final grade of 70% or higher in the class and a grade of 70% or higher on the final exam.
2) Track the number of Algebra 1B completers who successfully transition into Math 83 or 84 at Santa Ana College.
3) Track the number of Algebra 1B completers who earn a Credit Certificate or A.A. Degree.

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