# Failure, withdrawal rates for some college courses

September 4, 2008 12:00 AM**Private college**

**State system universities**

**State-related universities**

**Community colleges**

In March and April, education writer Eleanor Chute asked more than 30 colleges and universities for information on how students perform in classes.

Schools were asked for three sets of performance data: the 10 courses with the most failures and withdrawals, certain 100-level math courses and introductory courses for majors in biology, chemistry and physics as well as the traditional freshman composition class and introductory psychology, which is not only the first course for the major but also a popular elective.

Many schools had never compiled data in this manner. Nor is there a standard technique for doing so. Some declined to provide the information, either because it was too time-consuming to compile or because they viewed it as private. Many needed to be asked repeatedly for the answers.

Over four months, 18 campuses provided data on student performance. This list includes 11 of the 14 State System of Higher Education schools. Indiana, Mansfield and Millersville did not provide the data.

Of the state-related universities, only the Greensburg campus of the University of Pittsburgh and Temple University provided numbers. Penn State and Lincoln universities as well as the main campus and the Johnstown campus of the University of Pittsburgh declined to do so.

Only one private college or university -- Washington & Jefferson -- provided any information on student performance in any courses.

As you browse through the data, you will notice that table headings sometimes change. Schools do not routinely release this information, as they do some other data, such as graduation rates. So there is no standard way of keeping or reporting the data. Some were pulling together such data for the first time. Some provided data for different years or semesters.

For the 10 courses with the most F's and W's, some chose the courses with the largest number of F's and W's, which tended to have large total enrollments, while others provided the courses with the highest percentages of F's and W's, which tended to be a mixture of courses with small and large total enrollments. What each school provided is noted on each chart.

Some schools combined the F's and W's while others provided each separately.

The courses often combined all of the sections offered of the course, so enrollment numbers do not necessarily reflect class size.

Different schools have different policies for when students can withdraw from a class, but the withdrawals counted took place late enough to generate a grade of "W" and are not part of the regular beginning of the term "drop-add" period.

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with highest rates of failure**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**%**

F's

F's

**%**

W's

W's

**%**

combined

% F's and

W's

combined

% F's and

W's

PS 0200: American Political Process6240%10%50%

PS 1210: Religion and Politics1937%11%47%

CS 0004: Intro to Computer Programming-Basic933%0%33%

SOC 0003: Technology and Social Change1729%0%29%

BIOSC 0350: Genetics5627%16%43%

SOC 0009: American Society3724%5%30%

MATH 0220: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I7520%7%27%

ENGCMP 0011: Compositon Tutorial4819%0%19%

ENGLIT 1611: Development of the Novel1819%6%25%

MGMT 1837: Advanced Accounting1118%1%19%

**Selected introductory courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**%**

F's

F's

**%**

W's

W's

**%**

combined

% F's and

W's

combined

% F's and

W's

BIOL 0170: Foundation of Biology I17917%4%21%

CHEM 0110: General Chemistry I1393%1%4%

PHYS 0110: Introduction to Physics I1169%0%9%

ENGL 0010: College Composition I4096%2%7%

PSYC 0010: Introduction to Psychology I2464%2%5%

**Selected math courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**%**

F's

F's

**%**

W's

W's

**%**

combined

% F's and

W's

combined

% F's and

W's

MATH 0031: Algebra31714%3%17%

MATH 0220: Analytic Geometry and Calculus 17520%7%27%

MATH 0230: Analytic Geometry and Calculus 22811%4%14%

MATH 0240: Analytic Geometry and Calculus 360%0%0%

CHEM 0110: General Chemistry I1393%1%4%

PHYS 0110: Introduction to Physics I1169%0%9%

*: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with highest F's and W's**

*Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 combined***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and

W's

combined

F's and

W's

Chemistry 2202: Organic Chemistry II562995227%

Physics 1061: Elementary Classical Physics I384623926%

Chemistry 2201: Organic Chemistry I7301126424%

Mathematics 1022: Pre-Calculus128716512723%

Philosophy 1061: Art and Society370473221%

Accounting 2101: Principles of Accounting I145616514021%

Mathematics 1031: Differential and Integral Calculus309303220%

Philosophy 1066: Introduction to Logic216152820%

English 2202: Survey of English Literature202241620%

Physics 1062: Elementary Classical Physics II24840920%

**Selected introductory courses**

**Fall 2007 and Spring 2008****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and

W's

combined

F's and

W's

Biology 1111: Introduction to Biology4962194%

Chemistry 1031: General Chemistry1,3241149516%

Physics 2021: General Physics I244201514%

English 1002: College Composition3,5781991018%

Psychology 1061: Psychology as a Social Science1,79551526%

**Selected math courses**

**Fall 2007 and Spring 2008****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and

W's

combined

F's and

W's

Mathematics 1011: College Math2,262117829%

Mathematics 1012: Elements of Mathematics1,07333195%

Mathematics 1013: Elements of Statistics404261310%

Mathematics 1021: College Algebra1,67015611816%

Mathematics 1022: Pre-Calculus1,28716512723%

Mathematics 1031: Differential and Integral Calculus309303220%

Mathematics 1041: Calculus I1,1861357918%

Statistics 1001: Pre-Calculus for Business1,114906614%

Statistics 1102: Calculus for Business1,201907213%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 subject areas with high rates of W's and F's**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

**%**

combined

F's and

W's

combined

F's and

W's

AVT: Aviation (Flight) Technology1245746%

JRN: Journalism872933%

MAT: Mathematics6,2222,06433%

MIT: Microcomputer Electronics Tech19632%

GGY: Geology732332%

DVS: Developmental Studies1,84957331%

ACC: Accounting1,32339530%

CIT: Computer Information Tech3,6971,04228%

CRT: Court Reporting2015326%

ENG: English Writing and Literature6,1701,58626%

**Selected introductory courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

%

combined

F's and

W's

%

combined

F's and

W's

CHM-151: General Chemistry I1684828.6%

Introduction to Physics

(4 courses: PHY-100, PHY-113, PHY-141, PHY-221)3436018%

BIO-151: General Biology 145510924%

ENG-101 English Composition 12,18949923%

PSY-101: Introduction to Psychology2,29551022%

**Selected math courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

%

combined

F's and

W's

%

combined

F's and

W's

MAT-102: Mathematical Concepts1744626%

MAT-106: Mathematics for Health Science2528%

MAT-107 Math for Elementary Education862428%

MAT-108: Intermediate Algebra1,33846535%

MAT-114: Math for the Technologies 1421638%

MAT 191: Mathematics for the Industries7523%

MAT-193: Pharmaceutical Mathematics9455%

MAT-195: Business Mathematics2156731%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with highest rates of W's and F's**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

PSYC 301: Positive Psychology145357%

ACCT 200: Quickbooks257340%

HPER 104: Health and Wellness134138%

CRIM 205: Investigative Concepts80338%

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosphy4312437%

BUSM 255: Macroeconomics114182538%

LITR 213: Crime Literature113136%

OFFT 100: Keyboard Techniques144136%

CULA 100: Intro to Commercial Foods Kitchen235335%

MATH 155: Pre-Calculus234435%

**Selected introductory courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

CHEM 101: General Chemistry I474417%

BIOL 101: General Biology I12019722%

WRIT 101: English Composition I529913023%

PSYC 101: General Psychology I487782020%

**Selected math courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

MATH 130: College Algebra182321626%

All 100-level math courses312632328%

MATH 155 and 160: Pre-Calculus and Calculus I428429%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**Selected introductory courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number of**

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

combined

**%**

combined

F's and

W's

combined

F's and

W's

BIOL 101: Biology I1192118%

CHEM 101: Chemistry I662132%

PHYS 101: Physics I481225%

ENGL 101: English I75715621%

PSYC 201: General Psychology67011517%

Selected math courses

Selected math courses

*Fall 2007*100-Level Math Courses68220029%

MATH 221: Calculus I642133%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**Highest rates of failures and withdrawals**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

ACC 155: Accounting I143303546%

MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra411955336%

BIO 155: General Biology I138222030%

ENG 164: Advanced Composition284374529%

MTH 157: College Algebra179312029%

BIO 107: Human Biology193262828%

SOC 155: Principles of Sociology383852429%

BIO 171: Anatomy & Physiology353524528%

BUS 120: Business Math298611827%

CPT 150: Microcomputer Concepts1,1712246825%

**Selected introductory courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

CHM 155: General Chemistry I77181543%

PHY 155: College Physics I324941%

BIO 155: General Biology I138222030%

ENG 161: College Writing9111408325%

PSY 160: General Psychology9341364519%

COT 150: Microcomputer Concepts1,1622246825%

**Selected math courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra404965337%

MTH 157: College Algebra177312029%

BUS 120: Mathematics of Business298611827%

MTH 158: Pre-Calculus Mathematics4410739%

MTH 172: Analytical Geometry and Calculus I193753%

MTH 173: Analytical Geometry and Calculus II122125%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**Selected introductory courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and

W's

combined

F's and

W's

MTH151: Calculus 1624718%

BIO101: General Biology11815315%

CHM160: Organic Chemistry: Structure and Fundamentals16451814%

PHY101: Introductory Physics75315%

ENG111: Composition160212%

PSY101: Elementary Psychology241385%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**Courses with most W's and F's, enrollment above 25 students**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

52.321: Analytical Chemistry I140964%

91.222: Principles of Accounting II4115754%

42.298: Historiography and Historical Methods397941%

91.220: Financial Accounting285545538%

52.116: Chemistry for the Sciences II365836%

46.310: Aztecs and Mayans335839%

42.145: Muslim World to 14054851133%

28.270: Logic3931033%

91.322: Intermediate Accounting II272733%

52.115: Chemistry for the Sciences I232254631%

**Selected introductory courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**% of**

F's

F's

**% of**

W's

W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

20.101 Freshman Composition I8494%4%7%

50.114: Concepts in Biology I3928%6%14%

52.115: Chemistry for the Sciences I23211%22%33%

54.211 General Physics 1723%8%11%

48.101: General Psychologyn/a5%2%7%

**Selected math courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**% of**

F's

F's

**% of**

W's

W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

53.101: Math Thinkingn/a5%7%12%

53.109: College Algebran/a7%11%18%

53.113: Pre-Calculusn/a7%10%17%

53.123: Essentials of Calculusn/a8%11%20%

53.141: Introduction to Statisticsn/a10%11%21%

53.125: Calculus In/a12%7%19%

48.160: Basic Statistics (Psychology)n/a8%12%20%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**Summary: Highest combined F's and W's in 11 courses (including a tie). Failures in these courses ranged from 14% to 27.8% with an average of 20.6%. Individual course rates not released. Courses are in random order.**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

JUS 331: Juvenile Justice System90

CSC 300: Computer operations23

PHI 201: History of Ancient Philosophy35

SPT 315: Facility and Event Management87

HIS 104: History of Western Civilization to 1500158

JUS 102: Introduction to Law Enforcement69

FIT 100: Introduction to Fitness120

EAS 365: Remote Sensing, Satellite and Radar Interpretation43

ITE115: Interpreting and Sketching of Technical Drawings48

THE 100: Introduction to Theatre273

COM 275: The Art of Film121

**Selected introductory courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

BIO 115, 120, 125 combined: Principles of Biology, General Zoology and General Botany4886%

CHE 101: General Chemistry 12746%

PHY 101: College Physics 1453%

ENG 101: English Composition 18477%

PSY 100: General Psychology6319%

Selected math courses

Selected math courses

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**% F's**

and W's

and W's

**%**

below C

below C

MAT 100: Fundamentals of Math858%27%

MAT 110: Applications of Math687%16%

MAT 181: College Algebra2904%18%

MAT 191: College Trigonometry514%6%

MAT 199: Pre-Calculus3711%19%

MAT 281: Calculus 11044%11%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with highest numbers of F's**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

HEN 112: English I249603237%

HEN 113: English II163141216%

GAC 101: Freshman Seminar31753819%

REC 111: Health and Wellness181462841%

RPS 211: General Psychology14242332%

MAT 002: Elementary Algebra145374154%

HPH 110: Critical Thinking14136630%

HLS 101: Elementary Spanish134303549%

HMU 112: Survey of Music12724724%

HEN 011: Elements of Writing (does not count for graduation)14523620%

**Selected introductory courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

SLF 100: General Biology I3121142%

SCH 111: General Chemistry I271419%

SPY 211: Physics I (calculus based)19015%

SPH 211: Physics I (non-calculus based)80113%

HEN 112: English I249603237%

RPS 211: General Psychology14242332%

**Selected math courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

MAT104: Finite Math57111139%

100-level math courses combined141372745%

MAT 160 and MAT 170 (combined) : Calculus221527%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with largest numbers of F's**

*Calendar 2007***Course**

Enrollment

Enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

ENG 111: English Writing II1,8032059417%

ES 111: Basic Earth Science1,2501484115%

MATH 050: Basic Algebra (below college level)5321441830%

PSY 211: General Psychology955831811%

MUS 111: Introduction to Music806781812%

AE 100: Academic Enrichment, College Reading Study Skills560731215%

BIOL 111: Basic biology969703010%

HIST 120: U.S. History to 1877681692314%

PS 211: American Government561611213%

ACTG 251: Financial Accounting369594127%

**10 courses with highest percentage of F's and W's**

*Calendar 2007***Course**

Enrollment

Enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

ART 313: 19th Century Art2511356%

ART 312: Italian Renaissance Art2611354%

ART 317: Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece3515249%

MMAJ 218: Radio co-curricular4823048%

MUS 345: Music from 1750 to 1900162544%

MATH 260: Applied Calculus367739%

MMAJ 216: Newspaper co-curricular247238%

ENG 110: English Writing I356737%

MATH 171: Pre-Calculus210542136%

ANTH 262: Introduction to English Language193332%

**Selected introductory courses**

*Calendar 2007***Course**

Enrollment

Enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

BIO 155: Principles of Biology I149604%

CHEM 251: Organic Chemistry I928110%

CHEM 252: Organic Chemistry I lab (Lab)727618%

PH 258: Introductory Physics I (lecture)342315%

PH 269: Introductory Physics II (lab)90111%

ENG 111: English writing II1,8032059417%

PSY 211: General Psychology955831811%

**Selected math courses**

*Calendar 2007***Course**

Enrollment

Enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

MATH 050: Basic Algebra (below college level)5321441830%

MATH 110: Intermediate algebra347561621%

MATH 111: Mathematic Concepts in Grades K-8407412215%

MATH 112: Excursions in Mathematics53224178%

MATH 131: Applied Finite Mathematics349372117%

MATH 171: Pre-Calculus210542136%

MATH 232: Calculus for Business I204131514%

MATH 270: Calculus I152261124%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with largest number of F's and W's**

*2007-08***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

BIOL 114: Introductory Biology I2687929%

CPSC 100: Personal Computers and Their Uses1,05914414%

ECON 111: Principles of Macroeconomics7609112%

ECON 112: Principles of Microeconomics7799312%

ENG 103: English Composition1,04710010%

GEOG 110: Cultural Geography1997538%

MATH 110: General Statistics4559421%

PHIL 110: Introduction to Philosophy870819%

POLS 211: American Government6037913%

SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology943677%

**Selected introductory courses**

*2007-08***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

BIOL 114: Introductory Biology I2687929%

CHEM 121: General Chemistry I1783017%

PHYS 161: Physics I431126%

ENGL 103: English Composition1,04710010%

PSYC 100: General Psychology1,165797%

**Selected math courses**

*2007-08***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

MATH 100: Numbers Sets and Structures2095526%

MATH 101: Excursions in Mathematics261197%

MATH 105: Mathematical Problem Solving for Elementary Education Majors2643915%

MATH 110: General Statistics4559421%

MATH 130: Applied Algebraic Methods2976020%

MATH 135: Pre-Calculus1764526%

MATH 140: Calculus I1615031%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with the most F's and W's**

**Fall 2007**

**% combined**

F's and W's

F's and W's

CSCI 104: Essential Computing I21%

PSYC 101:General Pscyhology16%

ENGL 101: College Writing Skills13%

HIST 261: History of the U.S. I29%

MATH 104: Finite Mathematics20%

ACCT 215: Accounting I36%

MATH 105: College Algebra35%

POLI 201: American Government23%

PHIL 240: Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues15%

ENGL 102: Specialized College Writing and Research Skills18%

**Fall 2007 to spring 2008**

**% combined**

F's and W's

F's and W's

MATH 104: Finite Mathematics24%

100-level math courses37%

MATH 211: Analytic Geometry and Calculus 142%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections*.

**10 courses with highest number**

of F's and W's

of F's and W's

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

PSY 011: General Psychology1,15115714%

PSE 010: Fundamentals of Speech1,13414413%

BUS 120: Principles of Business Statistics30013746%

ENG 023: College Composition I1,19613211%

HIS 025: History of the U.S., the Formative Years and the Federal Republic44212428%

MAT 105: College Algebra59211419%

ACC 121: Financial Accounting29711338%

THE 015: Introduction to Theatre61810217%

HPD 110: Personal Health Management1,1381009%

BUS 171: Business Information Systems: Theory and Practice3689024%

**Selected introductory courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Numbers**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

BIOL 104: Principles of Biology16229622%

CHM 100: General Chemistry I137181121%

PHY 040: General Physics51318%

ENG 022: Introduction to College Composition1901106%

PSY 011: General Psychology1,151886814%

**Selected math courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

100 level math courses2,10634716%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with highest numbers**

of combined F's and W's

of combined F's and W's

*2006-07***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

ECON101: Principles of Economics62720132%

ENGL100: Composition1,34313410%

ENGL110: Introduction to Literature1,36016812%

HIST102: World History II90220222%

MATH107: Basic Statistics I52311021%

MUSI101: Introduction to Music1,1471089%

PHIL101: Problems in Philosophy40510325%

POLI105: American National Government63610316%

PSYC100: Introduction to Psychological Science99112813%

SOCI101: Introduction to Sociology1,1651109%

**Selected introductory courses**

*2006-07***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

and W's

of F's

and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

BIOL106: Principles of Biology I2564216%

CHEM120: Principles of Chemistry I1662616%

PHYS130: Physics I13097%

ENGL100: Composition1,34313410%

PSYC100: Introduction to Psychological Science99112813%

**Selected math courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

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100 level math courses2,10634716%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 largest courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Combined**

number of

F's and W's

number of

F's and W's

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combined

F's and

W's

combined

F's and

W's

ART101: Art Appreciation3254313%

BIO100: Basic Biology (for non-majors)4539822%

PSY101: General Psychology7807810%

HCS100: Introduction to Human Communication8639311%

ENG107: Introduction to Literary Studies5155811%

MUS121: Introduction to Music (for non-majors)6399815%

SOC101: Introduction to Sociology: Society and Diversity708568%

PLS100: U.S. Government and Politics8479611%

HIS105: World History I1,87130016%

ENG106: Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar87710712%

**Selected introductory courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

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of W's

%

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W's

%

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CHM121: Chemical bonding162412742%

ENG106: Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar877802812%

PHY121: Introductory Physics I127266%

PSY101: General Psychology780403910%

BIO115: Principles of Biology I208251921%

**Selected math courses**

*Fall 2007***Course enrollment**

%

combined

F's and

W's

%

combined

F's and

W's

MAT050/951/052: Developmental Mathematics14818%

MAT102: Introduction to Statistical Reasoning7850%

MAT105: Math for Liberal Studies19616%

MAT108: Finite Mathematics31315%

MAT110: Fundamentals of Mathematics615%

MAT111: Fundamentals of Mathematics II (for elementary education majors)1431%

MAT120: Basic Mathematical Models15612%

MAT124: Pre-Calculus11021%

MAT170: Statistics14817%

MAT181: Applied Calculus20323%

MAT211: Calculus I16323%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with highest enrollments and their withdrawal and failure rates**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

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F's and W's

ENGL 101: College writing I1,22710253%

ENGL 103: College writing II3801635%

PSYC 105: Introduction to Psychology626226614%

ENGL 210: Interpreting Literature89434277%

POLS 101: American National Government54513145%

CDEV 248: Human Development5781153%

BIOL 101: General Biology56439149%

HIST 153: 20th Century World284131711%

MUSI 101: Introduction to Music150302%

ART 225: Overview of Western Art324833%

**Selected introductory courses**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

**%**

combined

F's and W's

combined

F's and W's

BIOL 104: Principles of Biology12919317%

CHEM 107: General Chemistry I375508135%

PHYS 201: Elements of Physics I49216%

ENGL 101: College Writing I1,27710253%

PSYC 105: Introduction to Psychology626226614%

**Selected math courses**

**Fall 2007****Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

MATH 113: Math as a Liberal Art191132620%

MATH 115: Financial Mathematics79111837%

MATH 118: Elementary Geometry562411%

MATH 122: Matrices and Linear Programming191216%

MATH 125: Pre-Calculus93132945%

MATH 131: Discrete Mathematics5281035%

MATH 152: Elementary Statistics I216242724%

MATH 225: Calculus I81152043%

*Note: Numbers are based on course enrollments, which may include multiple sections.*

**10 courses with highest rates of F's and W's, only first-year students, at least 40 freshmen enrolled**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

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F's and W's

MAT 110: Pre-Calculus6716836%

HIS 102: History of Civilization II123122429%

CHE 103: General Chemistry I120171728%

BIO 259: Human Anatomy and Physiology I419124%

MAT 161: Calculus I538423%

HIS 101: History of Civilization I824916%

MAT 121: Statistics9211214%

MAT 103: Introduction to Math180111313%

ECO 112: Principles of Economics (micro)595212%

MAT 107: College Algebra195111212%

**Selected introductory courses, all enrollments**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

BIO 110: General Biology194888%

CHE 103: General Chemistry I247384433%

PHY 170: Physics I396426%

WRT 120: Effective Writing I1,31044265%

PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology82746289%

**100 level math courses, all enrollments**

*Fall 2007***Course**

enrollment

enrollment

**Number**

of F's

of F's

**Number**

of W's

of W's

%

combined

F's and W's

%

combined

F's and W's

MAT 101: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I30514149%

MAT 102: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II1428811%

MAT 103: Introduction to Mathematics419313215%

MAT 104: Introduction to Applied Mathematics142141923%

MAT 105: College Algebra and Trigonometry95142137%

MAT 107: College Algebra479546124%

MAT 108: Brief Calculus258414935%

MAT 110: Pre-Calculus117221935%

MAT 121: Statistics I394323016%

MAT 151: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics346532%

MAT 161: Calculus I123182132%

MAT 162: Calculus II527625%

All 100-level Math2,56026128521%