Report from the College Mathematics Project calls for immediate action to improve student success in college mathematics

    Seneca College led study of 10,000 students releases findings today

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Research from the College Mathematics Project
finds that one in three students who take first semester mathematics in
college end up in academic trouble and all stakeholders can play a role in
addressing the problem.
    The final report will be released at 1 p.m. this afternoon at the
Seneca@York Campus. The College Mathematics Project (CMP), which involved six
colleges (Centennial, Humber, George Brown, Georgian, Seneca and Sheridan) and
ten District School Boards analyzed the school and college records of more
than 10,000 students who entered the colleges in September 2006 and took a
first semester mathematics course.
    The research findings showed 34 per cent of the students achieved a grade
of D or lower, putting them at risk of not completing their program. The
project also found the mathematics courses selected in high school greatly
affect a student's achievement in college mathematics. For example, more than
70 per cent of students who took Academic Mathematics in grades nine and ten
showed greater potential for success in college, while those who completed
Applied Mathematics were shown to be at risk.
    "This study sheds valuable light on the stark differences in preparedness
for college-level mathematics among Ontario's secondary school graduates,"
said William B.P. Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute. "It is a
timely wake-up call on behalf of students who are struggling, and its
recommendations are a key step toward improving mathematics instruction in the

    Among the recommendations included in the report:
    -  better informing students and parents early about college programs and
       the best courses they can and should take to prepare for them for
       their chosen area of study
    -  high schools placing equal value on college and university education
       choices, by ensuring that all students wanting to enrol in college
       technology programs have access to the courses they need to succeed
    -  colleges using a broader range of strategies to support student
       retention and success.

    CMP also provides - for the first time in Ontario - school boards and
secondary schools with systematic feedback on the success of their graduates
who went to college.
    The CMP was conducted by a research team from the York/Seneca Institute
for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, where timely and
collaborative research projects are taking place. It was supported by the
School/College Work Initiative of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry
of Training Colleges and Universities.
    Lead researchers will be at the event to answer questions.

    For more information on the College Mathematics Report, please visit:

    To view a copy of the College Mathematics Project report, please visit:

For further information:

For further information: Seneca College Media Relations, (416) 491-5050
ext. 7018

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