Electronic Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsNew Orleans, Louisiana, October 2831, 2004Paper S057
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Proportional Hazards Model For Assessing Risk Factors In Calculus 
V. J. DuRapau Jr.
Department of Mathematics
Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA 70125
vdurapau@xula.edu

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A challenge in assessing the effectiveness of first semester Calculus is the relatively large number of students who withdraw during the semester. The presenter applies survival analysis methodology, specifically a proportional hazards model with Cox regression, to investigate risk factors contributing to student failure to successfully complete the course.
Keyword(s): calculus, pedagogy