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Mathematics Curriculum Changes FAQ

Marion Technical College is changing its mathematics curriculum to meet transfer and student success needs. The new curriculum will remove barriers to increase student success and maximize transferability of courses. These changes are consistent with state mandates from the Ohio Mathematics Initiative.

If you are a current student and have already satisfied your mathematics degree requirement, additional courses will not be required. If you have not yet satisfied your mathematics degree requirement, you should consult with your academic advisor. We will determine the best pathway to meet your needs.

Traditionally students that require a brush up with their mathematics skills were required to take a course before they could enroll in the college level course for their degree. This type of remediation is called prerequisite remediation. Co-requisite remediation allows you to take a college level class with a support course that emphasizes the skills needed to be successful in the college level course. With the pre-requisite module, a student may spend 3 semesters to meet their mathematics goal. With the co-requisite model some students may be able to complete their mathematics goal in 1 semester. This depends on where students place according to MTC’s current mathematics placement guidelines.

The mathematics curriculum changes will make it an easier process for MTC students to transfer and/or work towards a bachelor’s degree. Courses that are approved for the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) are guaranteed to be accepted as general education credit at all publicly funded institutions in Ohio.

Courses that are below MTH 1200 may transfer, but they are not guaranteed to transfer. The State of Ohio has come a long way with making transferring an easier process for students. Ohio has an articulation and transfer policy. Part of this policy is the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) and Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG). OTM deals with general education credits, such as mathematics. There are courses identified as being acceptable for OTM credit and requirements for acceptance. A rigorous process is in place to ensure that each course accepted meets the needs of other Ohio institutions.

These changes are not related to the Common Core State Standards. The term Core Math Courses used on the Mathematics Curriculum Changes flyer is referring to the main 3 math courses that will be used by degree programs: (1) MTH 1230 Quantitative Reasoning; (2) MTH 1240 Statistics; (3) MTH 1245 College Algebra.

Don’t feel stuck. Your academic advisor and our mathematics faculty are here to help you in the transition. We will determine the best individual path for you to meet your educational needs. You will not be at a major disadvantage if you need to transition to our new mathematics curriculum.

Many students misunderstand the idea of testing out of a math course. Every degree program must have 3 credit hours minimum of college level mathematics credit. Scoring high on the placement test does not grant you credit, but places you in the appropriate mathematics course. Performing well on the placement test can determine if you are required to take additional developmental courses to prepare you for the college level course. Currently there is an option to take a credit-by-exam for MTH 1100 Beginning Algebra. This is not a placement test, but a test designed to show mastery of the topic to receive college credit. Taking a credit-by-exam grants you credit for the course, but is not included in your college grade point average.

The amount of changes that each college is making is unique to that college. The Ohio Mathematics Initiative is a faculty lead state initiative that is composed of mathematics department heads from every Ohio public institution. One result of this initiative was to define what constitutes a college level course and which courses belong in the Ohio Transfer Module. Every Ohio college must be consistent with the agreed upon definition of a college level mathematics course. This allows for consistency across the state and an easier process for transferring.

Each program of study has identified the most appropriate mathematics course or mathematics pathway. Input was received by the advisory committees and our major transfer institutions. Every degree program has an advisory committee made up of local professionals in the respective field. Programs will require MTH 1230 Quantitative Reasoning, MTH 1240 Statistics, or MTH 1245 College Algebra. Consult with your academic advisor to determine the best mathematics pathway for your academic needs.

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