This is really not a developmental education issue, but I'm guessing some of you could steer me in the right direction, so here's a question for you.

I'm am curious about core math requirement courses across the country.  We have a lot of students who struggle to pass college algebra -- our core math class.  We offer equivalents to college algebra -- an introductory statistics course, and a quantitative reasoning course, but relatively few students are enrolling in them.  I would think our humanities students would go to quantative reasoning in droves, but they mostly take college algebra.

I inquired with one of our campus advisors and was told that the advisors rarely encourage students to take the quant. course because college algebra transfers more readily.

My question is this:  how prevalent are math courses for liberal arts students, as a substitute for the traditional college algebra core requirement.  What is the transferability of these courses.

I appreciate any information on this topic.


Kathryn Van Wagoner
Director, Math Advantage Programs
Utah Valley State College

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