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Co-Requisite Support Materials

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The Power of Co-Requisites

The Dana Center strongly believes in the power of well-designed co-requisite support courses to accelerate students to success in gateway mathematics. Students are more likely to succeed in college if they earn their first college-level math credits within their first year. Explore research and reports about co-requisite supports.

We designed Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) courses and accompanying co-requisite courses to facilitate attainment of the first-year milestone. Co-requisite course materials contain intentional design features such as day-by-day alignment with DCMP course materials to provide just-in-time supports.

These materials are available at no additional charge for teachers and departments using DCMP courses. While these materials are not appropriate for use with other texts, professional learning services are available for departments wishing to design their own co-requisite materials.

Learn about the complete offering of DCMP curricular resources. 

Acceleration for Every Pathway

Supplemental co-requisite support worksheets are available for Quantitative ReasoningStatistical Reasoning, and Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning and are aligned day-by-day with the parent course content. These materials are appropriate for use with either a co-mingled or cohort model.

The Reasoning with Functions I  course is specially designed with seamlessly embedded co-requisite content that is aligned directly with RF1 outcomes. It is therefore only appropriate for a cohort model.

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  • Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning

    The Foundations course is a developmental-level course that, when paired with its co-requisite materials, may be used to accelerate very underprepared students such as those at the Arithmetic or Adult Education levels.

    Contact hour recommendations:

    Foundations course: 4 contact hours per week

    Co-requisite support course: 3 contact hours per week.

    Total: 7 contact hours per week

    Students in the support coursework collaboratively on in-class worksheets. Each worksheet has been backmapped from the Foundations course so that underprepared students will be able to complete their upcoming preview assignments independently.

    Upon successful completion of this course, students are ready to enter any gateway/entry-level mathematics course. Some institutions may require, or students may choose to enroll in, co-requisite supports to accompany the subsequent mathematics course.

  • Quantitative Reasoning

    The DCMP Quantitative Reasoning (QR) course is a college-level gateway course that, when paired with its co-requisite materials, may be used to accelerate underprepared students such as those at the Elementary or Intermediate Algebra levels.

    Contact hour recommendations:

    Quantitative Reasoning course: 3 contact hours per week

    Co-requisite support course: 3 contact hours per week.

    Total: 6 contact hours per week

    Students in the support coursework collaboratively on in-class worksheets. Each worksheet sheet has been backmapped from QR course lessons so that underprepared students will be able to complete their upcoming preview assignments independently.

  • Reasoning with Functions I

    The DCMP Reasoning with Functions I (RF1) course is a gateway course combining the elements of Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra that are essential for success in Calculus. Because developmental content is embedded within the course, it is recommended that the course be offered with a minimum of five contact hours. The hours are often denoted in student records as 4 college-level credits with 1 developmental-level credit or as 3 college-level and 2 developmental-level credits.

    Upon successful completion of this course, students are ready to enter Reasoning with Functions II, which contains the trigonometric and geometric reasoning skills needed for Calculus.

  • Statistical Reasoning

    The DCMP Statistical Reasoning (SR) course is a gateway course in introductory statistics that, when paired with its co-requisite materials, may be used to accelerate underprepared students such as those at the Elementary or Intermediate Algebra levels.

    Contact hour recommendations:

    Statistical Reasoning course: 4 contact hours per week

    Co-requisite support course: 3 contact hours per week.

    Total: 7 contact hours per week

    Students in the support coursework collaboratively on in-class worksheets. Each worksheet has been backmapped from the SR course lessons so that underprepared students will be able to complete their upcoming preview assignments independently.

  • Designing Your Own Materials

    Institutions using materials other than the DCMP curricula may find the following resources helpful:

    • Defining the Content of Support Courses for Underprepared Students (webinar recording)
    • Co-Requisite Design (webinar recording
    • Co-Requisite Supports: Narrowing the Gap Between Instruction and Supports (brief

    We also offer extended training in a face-to-face format which can be done at an institution, in a region, in a system, or in a state. 

    Learn more about our services 

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