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Butler's Math Redesign is Area’s Top Innovator

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Published: Friday, October 26th, 2018

Butler's Math Redesign Program Cited as Area’s Top Innovator

Butler Community College was one of more than two dozen companies honored this week by the Wichita Business Journal as a winner of the 2018 Innovation and Enterprise Awards. The awards luncheon took place on Oct. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

Last year, Butler implemented a new way of teaching math. This math redesign was a required change across the institution. The college changed the format from 3-credit hour, 16-week courses, to 1-credit hour, 5-week courses. By splitting semester-long classes into three modules within the 16-week timeframe, students are succeeding at a higher rate than before.

The math redesign at Butler was driven by three things: the national push to increase graduation rates; the focus on developmental education to improve success, retention and completion; and research that indicates math courses, particularly college algebra, are barriers to degree completion. Math has been blamed for students ending their college career. Research also indicates two-thirds of students are not academically prepared for college-level courses, with the largest percentage of those students needing developmental math courses. 

Last year, Butler saw a 20% increase in math student success and a 10% decrease in student withdrawals. With more graduates achieving their degrees and not stopping because of math, the workforce benefits.

Cutline:  Several math instructors at Butler Community College.