Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Mathematics and Statistics
Today, several studies detail the continuing struggle many students have with college mathematics courses at universities across the United States. The South Dakota State University Summer Jacks LeaP program is a summer bridge mathematics program aimed at improving incoming students’ mathematics success. This analysis used a mixed methods research design to examine the efficacy of the Summer Jacks LeaP program. First, we analyzed the LeaP students’ homework averages, exam 1 scores, final exam scores, and overall grade scores to determine if they were finding success in their fall semester mathematics courses. We also used hypothesis testing to compare LeaP participants to non-LeaP students to see if there was a difference in their performances. Throughout the comparison, we looked at the total percentage of D grades, F grades, or Withdrawals from a course, time spent in the LeaP program, and Math Index Scores. For the qualitative portion of the research design, we surveyed Summer Jacks LeaP participants to ask about their experience and conducted a focus group interview with a couple of former LeaP students. The survey responses were analyzed to determine if the participants found the program helpful in improving their mathematics success. From the focus group transcript, common themes emerged that helped us determine the value of the program to participants.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Mathematics -- Remedial teaching.
Mentoring in education.
0Internet in education.
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Sundermann, Tessa M., "The Efficacy of the South Dakota State University Summer Jacks LeaP Program" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 275.
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