June 2, 2017
SSU has been awarded the Ohio Mathematics Bridges to Success Implementation Initiative funding of $149,847.
Shawnee State University is pleased to announce that the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) have awarded SSU the Ohio Mathematics Bridges to Success Implementation Initiative funding of $149,847.
With support from the Helmsley Trust, ODHE is providing grants and technical assistance to three Ohio public colleges and universities to scale and implement redesigned degree pathways that incorporate new mathematics gateway courses and strategies for remediation.
This program shares similar goals and works from SSU’s Bridge to Success program. Both aim to offer students the chance to take fundamental developmental courses to become college-ready without accumulating college debt while remaining committed to decreasing the time between these remedial courses and graduation.
The Mathematics Bridges to Success Implementation Initiative intends to measure and address standards concerning student who may not be prepared for college level classes. One of the goals of the program is to change the traditional and historic practice of using developmental courses as the default placement for many of the students entering SSU. After implementation of this project, about 16% of students entering SSU would be required to enroll in a stand-alone remedial prerequisite course.
“This grant allows us to provide the best mathematics instruction for our students and maintain our state-wide, leadership role in developing mathematics pathways and co-requisite instruction. For many students, especially those with math deficiencies, placement in an appropriate pathway with extra assistance to keep them on track is essential for degree completion,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bauer, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We are grateful to the Ohio Department of Higher Education for funding our initiative, and to our math faculty, especially Dr. Doug Darbro and Dr. John Whitaker, for their vision and hard work.”
This project is strongly supported by the math faculty and administrators.
“I’m excited our grant proposal was funded and I’m ready and excited to begin this project,” said Dr. Doug Darbro, Professor and Director of SSU’s Graduate Program in Mathematics. “For years, I’ve thought too many of our students, especially non-STEM majors, were placed in developmental classes instead of being placed into their college level math class, and now thanks to ODHE, we can start to change things around for the benefit of our students.”
To learn more about the Mathematics Bridges to Success Implementation Initiative, please contact Dr. Darbro at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (740) 351-3441 or Dr. John Whitaker, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, at (740) 351-3630 or at email@example.com.