Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Secrets of Academic Success

Despite the fact that the computer science final exam is tomorrow afternoon, I am not studying.

Someone emailed me a spreadsheet of all of the 100-level and 200-level courses in the entire university from the 2007-08 school year including success rates in each of them (C or better = success; D/F/W = non-success), including break-downs by ACT math and ACT composite for the first-time freshmen enrolled in the courses.

Do you have any idea how much I love data?

Of all the three- and four-credit-hour courses that enroll more than 20 students, the bottom six (in order of decreasing success) are: Precalculus, Introduction to Computer Science, College Algebra, Latin Translation, Intermediate Algebra, and Geology of National Parks. Way to go, Classics department, representing for the humanities and keeping it from being a sweep for the sciences.