Clark College receives math grant

first_imgClark College hopes subtracting remedial math courses and adding real-world context will equal student success.The school recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from College Spark Washington, which funds programs across the state to support low-income students. Students in remedial math classes currently have to take up to four classes to catch up. The new program will replace that with a two-course program, featuring changes to curriculum that make math more hands-on and applicable to their planned major.“We have a pretty convoluted precollege math pathway here at Clark,” said Joan Zoellner, a math professor at Clark College. “It’s pretty confusing for students.”And confusing isn’t the only problem. Those math classes can be a barrier to students completing their degrees. This quarter, 1,007 of the school’s 2,553 students enrolled in math classes are taking remedial courses. That’s low, because it’s the last quarter of the school year, Zoellner said. Typically, about 75 of the college’s students place into remedial math, she said.On average, only about 24 percent of students who place in remedial math courses place into college-level math within one year. And only 14 percent who place into precollege math end up placing in a college-level math course within two years, “which is appalling,” Zoellner said.“It’s unfortunately a trend throughout the country,” she said. “The more classes there are, the more opportunities there are for students to not succeed.”last_img read more