Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA | private university | 100,000+ students

Product: MyLab Math in MyLabsPlus
Course: Fundamentals of Math and Intermediate Algebra
Method: Emporium — both open and scheduled lab; flexible pacing

After redesigning its developmental math sequence from traditional, face-to-face courses to an emporium model using MyLabsPlus™ and requiring topic mastery with Personalized Homework, made possible by the the prerequisites function in MyLab™ Math, Liberty University saw ABC rates increase by as much as 12 percentage points.

“I enjoy that if I know the material, I can advance, and if I am struggling with a particular area, I can spend a little more time on it and not worry about the rest of the class moving on.”

—Student, Liberty University

How did they use prerequisites?

MyLabsPlus is used to create and complete homework assignments, quizzes, proctored tests, and the final exam at Liberty. Prerequisites are set so that students must achieve a minimum of 80 percent on homework before they may take a quiz. Additionally, prerequisites are set on tests — if students score less than 70 percent, they must take a Personalized Homework and achieve a minimum of 70 percent before they are allowed a second attempt on the test.

The results

The Fall 2012 ABC rates increased by 14 percentage points in Fundamentals of Math and nine percentage points in Intermediate Algebra, compared with average ABC rates prior to MyLabsPlus usage. In addition, pass rates based on the number of students completing the course rose ten percentage points in Fundamentals of Math and 12 percentage points in Intermediate Algebra, compared to pass rates in the 12 semesters prior to MyLabsPlus usage (figure 1).

Student success in developmental math courses

Figure 1. Student Success Rates Based Off Number of Completers in Fundamentals of Math and Intermediate Algebra Before and After MyLabsPlus Implementation, Spring 2006–Fall 2012 (n=7,391)

Figure 1. Student Success Rates Based Off Number of Completers in Fundamentals of Math and Intermediate Algebra Before and After MyLabsPlus Implementation, Spring 2006–Fall 2012 (n=7,391)

“The way MyLabsPlus was structured pushed me to do my very best and to master each subject.”

—Student, Liberty University