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College Awarded $81,151.00 Grant for Mathematics Program Redesign

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Prince George’s Community College received an $81,151.00 grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to implement a new redesign of the Developmental Mathematics Sequence. Students enrolled in developmental mathematics, mandatory courses needed to meet college level standards, will spend less time finishing course requirements as a result of the structural redesign. The new enhanced mathematics program combines computer exercises and regularly scheduled class meetings with professors and is expected to accelerate degree completion among the 750 Prince George’s Community College students in the fall 2012 pilot program. Areas of focus for the redesign are pre-algebra, introductory algebra and intermediate algebra. 
 
“We have been examining best practices and researching the latest software solutions to help our students succeed in the area of mathematics,” said Brenda Teal, chair of Developmental Mathematics. “The funding received from this grant will help us streamline the developmental mathematics program and provide a more student-focused approach to learning that will accelerate their competition of required classes,” she added.
 
The redesigned mathematics program focuses on students fully grasping key concepts. At the same time, emphasis is placed on maintaining student-to-faculty and peer-to-peer relationships which remain a critical component in supporting student success. 

Teams of faculty from Learning Foundations and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics divisions will work through the spring and summer of 2012 to adapt the technology to each math level, develop appropriate supplemental learning activities and create a standardized system for assessing student achievement. The group also will conduct training for faculty and tutors. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

  

  

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