Imagine that your dream is to become an elementary education teacher, but while transferring from a community college, you find out that your 4-year university doesn’t accept transfer credit for your math class. Because course content varies between community colleges, the university requires students to take the class during their first year. This means that you will likely start off behind your peers in math content courses when you arrive at the 4-year school.
This is precisely the situation in which many transfer students find themselves, and JMU Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education Rich Busi wanted to do something about it. What if JMU offered an online version of the course, making it available to community college students? If it was taught by a JMU professor and designed to cover the necessary content, the credit would transfer smoothly to JMU, and it would allow transfer students to start off their JMU education in sync with their peers.
“Ideally, students would take Math 107 during the first semester of their freshman year,” Busi said, “but by offering an online version of the course, JMU would be able to provide an opportunity for community college students to begin their mathematics content courses before officially transferring and thus helping them stay on track to graduate on time.”