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Noel-Levitz and Carnegie Learning, Inc. Join Forces To Address Leading Barrier to Student Retention in Higher Education
Carnegie Learning, Inc. — Saturday, November 08, 2008
Math is Primary Challenge in Sustaining Enrollment
DENVER, CO, October 27, 2008 – Noel-Levitz, the nation’s leading enrollment management consulting firm for colleges and universities, today announced a partnership with research-based math curricula publisher Carnegie Learning, Inc. to provide a joint solution designed to improve student readiness to succeed in college-level math courses. The solution is aimed at the many students who begin college without the math skills needed for required math coursework.
According to The U.S. Department of Education, 42 percent of entering freshmen at public two-year colleges and 20 percent at public four-year institutions enrolled in at least one remedial math course in 2000. Many estimates are even higher.
“A high percentage of college students enter college unprepared to succeed at math,” said Dan Klassen, director of corporate business development at Noel-Levitz. “What’s more alarming is the high failure rates in these developmental mathematics courses, and the high number of students who drop out of college after failing these course, a decision that has broad societal consequences as well as lifelong personal costs.”
The solution provided by Noel-Levitz and Carnegie Learning integrates a proven retention management system and consulting services from Noel-Levitz with the Carnegie LearningTM Developmental Math Solution featuring software that provides self-paced, customized learning by identifying each student’s weaknesses and moving him through a set of new problems addressing those specific concepts. The software can be used in a learning lab or academic learning center to support students who are taking developmental math courses and to help others prepare to enter regular college-level math courses without taking developmental courses.
“The convergence of retention consulting and developmental math courses into an integrated service provides an exciting opportunity for higher education institutions,” said Dennis Ciccone, chief executive officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. “Noel-Levitz is a distinguished leader in student success and retention and they understand the key issues. They recognize that Carnegie Learning is unique in our ability to provide the self-paced math instruction, flexible implementation, and affordability that administrators need to respond to one of the greatest challenges they face — keeping students in school and working toward a degree.”
Carnegie Learning™ Mathematics Curricula are based on more than two decades of cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University studying how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The company’s Developmental Math Solution features Cognitive Tutor® software lessons that may be easily customized to accelerate student preparedness and quickly promote them into their degree programs.
About Noel-Levitz (www.noellevitz.com)
Noel-Levitz is a nationally recognized higher education consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning for enrollment and student success. Each year, campus executives from throughout the U.S. meet regularly with Noel-Levitz to accomplish their goals for student retention, student recruitment, marketing, and strategic enrollment management. The firm offers consulting, custom research, benchmark data, innovative tools and technologies, side-by-side plan development and execution, and resources for professional development.
About Carnegie Learning (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of research-based math solutions for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. Our curricula provide differentiated instruction, helping students to succeed in math as a gateway to graduation and preparation for 21st century skills. Carnegie Learning™ Blended Curricula Solutions integrate interactive software, text, and collaborative classroom activities for core, full-year math instruction. Carnegie Learning™ Adaptive Math Solutions feature Cognitive Tutor® software lessons that may be easily customized for supplemental and Response to Intervention programs. In numerous independent studies, Carnegie Learning curricula consistently show a significant effect on student learning resulting in improved academic achievement in mathematics. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded by cognitive science researchers and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.