What Should Students Be Ready For in College? A Look at First-Year Course Work in Four-Year Postsecondary Institutions in the U.S.
Emily J. Shaw and Brian F. Patterson
College Board Research Report No. 2010-1, June 2010
“This study examined the English, mathematics, and natural sciences course work taken by students in their first year of college. Four-year postsecondary institutions (k = 110) provided first-year performance data for the first-time, first-year students who began college in the fall of 2006. As in previous research, composition is the most commonly taken English course. However, calculus was more popular than algebra within mathematics, and chemistry was more popular than biology within the natural sciences, both different findings from previous analyses of first-year college course work in those content areas.”