A year ago I looked at how students in my small sections (Spring 2013, roughly 45 students per section) did in their other STEM courses. The results were scary. In this post I repeat the study for the two (large enrollment) sections from Fall 2013. Again, the results are scary.

At the start of the semester (Fall 2013) a large band of brave calcunauts (196, to be exact) was enrolled in Math 2210 and, concurrently, at least one other STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) course.

Of that original band, 62% passed this course and 38% did not (they dropped, or received a D or F as a course grade).

If you do the arithmetic, a third (33%) of the original band dropped or failed at least two STEM courses. Would some calcunauts benefit from taking fewer STEM courses each semester?

At the start of the semester (Fall 2013) a large band of brave calcunauts (196, to be exact) was enrolled in Math 2210 and, concurrently, at least one other STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) course.

Of that original band, 62% passed this course and 38% did not (they dropped, or received a D or F as a course grade).

If you do the arithmetic, a third (33%) of the original band dropped or failed at least two STEM courses. Would some calcunauts benefit from taking fewer STEM courses each semester?