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Granger Selected to Serve on State Mathematics TaskForce Executive Committee

January 16, 2015

Kim Granger  

Kimberly Granger, Ed.D.,  associate professor of mathematics at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, is one of four individuals statewide selected to serve on the Missouri Department of Higher Education Math Pathways Taskforce Executive Committee.

The full taskforce is comprised of one member from every two- year and four-year college or university in Missouri. The members will study how gateway math courses align with a student’s academic course of study.

College algebra is the historical requirement for most colleges and universities and became the traditional math course to offer in the 1950s to prepare students for calculus. Today, however, most students are in majors that do not require calculus.

The taskforce will look at both gateway courses and prerequisite courses to determine math pathways with relevant and challenging math content aligned to specific areas of study. They will also explore how to better integrate academic support with the curriculum to increase student success.

Missouri is one of seven states participating in initiatives to dramatically increase the percentage of students who pass gateway math courses. The initiatives are supported by The Charles A. Dana Center for Mathematics and Science Education and Complete College America, a national nonprofit that works with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees, and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.