Faculty and administrators at College of the Canyons know what happens when students are placed into remediation: for every remedial course required, a student's likelihood of completing a college-level course is cut in half.

Completing a transferable math course is critical to transferring and earning a degree, so the college wanted placement rules that would maximize students' chances of reaching this early momentum point.

Starting in Fall 2016, students qualify for college-level Statistics if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Overall high school GPA of 3.0+ OR
  • Overall high school GPA of 2.7+ and completion of Algebra 2 with a C or higher OR
  • Overall high school GPA of 2.7+ and completion of Algebra 1 with a B- or higher OR
  •  Completion of Algebra 2 with a B- or higher OR
  •  Score on appropriate Accuplacer exam

Students will provide their high school transcript information through questions on the placement test. Prior research at the college has shown that students' self-reported information is highly reliable.

More than 70% of incoming students qualify for college Statistics under the new placement rules. The college has substantially increased the number of Statistics sections offered to accommodate student need, and they are planning extensive professional development to support faculty to teach the course.