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Co-requisites can aid in student success, shorten time to completion, and completely revamp the way math is taught on campus.

Redesign, and in particular co-requisite redesign, is a thriving area of teaching and learning reform, and I think we’re just getting started. While some results are in — and they look very promising — we have a long way to go before we truly understand the impact of the co-requisite approach to accelerating proficiency for all college students, regardless of their starting point.

Tennessee in particular has enjoyed early success with co-requisites. But to achieve similar results, there are tips to follow and pitfalls to avoid.

This guide does not represent an attempt to deliver the same information that you will find in any of the many co-requisite implementation guides that already exist. Instead, this is a collection of best practices from those of us in the trenches who have already had the pleasure of experiencing the excitement and turmoil of change within our mathematics departments.

Here, you’ll find the 10 things you need to know about co-requisite implementation. These tips are not only useful before implementation but can also come in handy while you are on the continuous journey of improvement that this implementation represents. This compilation holds true to the real-life journey of instructors around the country who have implemented co-requisites, learned from their mistakes and tweaked the model to better serve students.


Step 1. Understand

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