Publication Date

Spring 2017

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Diane Galante, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

J. Christopher Tweedle, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jing Zhang, Ph.D.


Every year in the United States, many students who believe they are fully prepared for college find out that they have to take remedial math courses before they can take any credit bearing math courses toward their degree. A student can avoid this situation by taking an early college program in high school and potentially earning a college math credit. The purpose of this research project was to take an in depth look at three such programs. The names of these programs are the International Baccalaureate program, the Advanced Placement program, and Dual Credit programs. This research project looked into the histories of these programs, what is being taught in the mathematics classes of these programs, and what research says about these programs.