Campuses across New York will offer a remedial math program designed to help at-risk students graduate

remedial-mathOver the next three years, the State University of New York will roll out a new remedial math program designed to save money and get at least 20,000 at-risk students to graduate early or on time.

The remedial math courses, Quantway and Statway, were developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010 and work nearly three times as well as traditional remediation in roughly half the time. Research suggests that’s because they teach students study habits, motivation and self-regulation skills, in addition to math concepts.

SUNY, in an effort to boost degree completion to 150,000 graduates a year by 2020, has committed to offer the programs at all 30 of its community colleges and any four-year campus that wants them. It received a $1.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help scale the initiative.

“The need for remediation in community college has become far too common and much too costly for our students as well as our campuses,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in a statement. “As SUNY continues its work to increase college readiness and degree completion, evidence-based programs like these are critical.”

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