The Title III Mathematics Foundation and STEM Success grant funds a five-year project designed to improve student success in mathematics and establish the quantitative fluency essential for success in science, technology, and engineering courses. The project began in October 2008 and runs through September 2013 and directly affects all faculty members in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math.
Central to the project is the mapping and re-design of the core mathematics sequence. From developmental to advanced math, course competencies are mapped to identify gaps, inconsistencies, and unnecessary redundancies. The result is curriculum realignment and courses are being re-designed to incorporate the best research-based practices for student success.
In conjunction with pilot courses, the project is working to improve on-campus learning support services for mathematics including the Mathematic Department's "Math Assistance Center" (MAC) and Freshman Math Program's "Algebra Alcove," along with the class, Independent Studies in Mathematics (ISM), which offers individualized instruction to help students be successful in their math courses.
Because math competency plays a crucial role in student success in all STEM programs, the math faculty and Title III staff collaborate with faculty in other STEM disciplines to integrate key mathematical concepts into all STEM courses. The second year of the project (2009-2010) focused on Biology courses, the third year (2010 – 2011) on Chemistry courses, the fourth year (2011-2012) focuses on Geosciences, and the fifth year (2012 – 2013) on Engineering and Physics.
If you have questions about the Mathematics Foundation and STEM Success, please contact Project Director Rolly Constable: email@example.com; 970-247-7234
Independent Studies in Mathematics
Independent Studies in Mathematics (ISM) are classes designed to help Fort Lewis students develop essential math skills through individualized instruction so they are prepared for success in their College Math Courses. Whether a student is having difficulty in a math class, failing a course, or can't enroll in a needed math class, they can enroll in an ISM course and--with a study-plan based on their individual needs--develop math skills in Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, or Pre-Calculus.
ISM is variable credit course--one, two, or three credits, and because it's a late–registration course, students can enroll during the semester--whether or not they are currently enrolled in a Math Class-- and get individual help to succeed in their current or future Math classes.
ISM has limited enrollment and to enroll students will need a referral from their advisor or math instructor.
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For additional information, go to Mathematics Help Centers and Learning Support