As of this moment, if you have a C in the prerequisite math course, you are allowed to take the next course in the math sequence. This forces the instructor to hold a tight rigor level on passing versus not passing. The instructor must ask themselves, "Does this student know a decent amount of the material and will they stand a fair chance at surviving in the next math course?"

It would be great if the C was a passing grade, but not an entrance grade into the next math course. If this were the case, then instructors could show a little more leniency to those who "just need the class to graduate." It would also force those who are trying to move further along in the math sequence to really understand the material. It truly would be a win-win. Students entering into the next course in the math sequence would be more competent (theoretically) and instructors would spend less time reviewing old, prerequisite material and spend more time covering the new material. The only complaints would come from students who want to move to the next math course in the sequence, but just haven't mastered the material well enough to do so; however, it honestly is in the best interest of these students to take the course again to get better prepared.

The reason for my stance is data-driven. From a two-year study I have done on my courses, a student with a C in the prerequisite course has a much lower chance of passing their next math course - approximately 15%. Compare this to the pass rate of 60% for students coming into the course with a B in the prerequisite math course (and a pass rate of nearly 85% for those coming in with A's).

If you're coming into one of my courses with a C from your prerequisite course, this means you are going to have to change what you've been doing in order to give yourself a fighting chance.

The reason for my stance is data-driven. From a two-year study I have done on my courses, a student with a C in the prerequisite course has a much lower chance of passing their next math course - approximately 15%. Compare this to the pass rate of 60% for students coming into the course with a B in the prerequisite math course (and a pass rate of nearly 85% for those coming in with A's).

If you're coming into one of my courses with a C from your prerequisite course, this means you are going to have to change what you've been doing in order to give yourself a fighting chance.