## The Diagnostic Mathematics Information for Student Retention and Success (DMISRS) Project

Presentation by Robert Prince, UCT at the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Communities of Practice meeting at UJ, 29 – 30 August 2018

**The Diagnostic Mathematics Information for Student Retention and Success (DMISRS) Project**

The problem: Only 27% of students entering full-time university in 2006 graduated in minimum time.

40% leave higher education.

41% of engineering and 48% of science 2006 entrants graduated in 5 years.

Educational diagnostic testing is assessment before instruction begins.

DMISRS – a collaboration by mathematicians to improve graduation rates.

- Make use of NBT data to inform students and lecturers about what areas of weakness and strength are.
- Share practices, leverage best practices.
- Extend the reach of academics beyond a physical classroom.
- Create supportive environments for maths learning [maybe using positive psychology]. What kinds of things will make our classrooms more welcoming to students.

Objectives

- Get
**more institutions on board**to collect diagnostic information in the same style/language.