COLLEGE ADDS REMEDIAL MATH CLASSES TO PROGRAM.Byline: Sharline Chiang Daily News Staff Writer
Rushing to reduce the number of unprepared college freshmen, CSUN CSUN California State University Northridge administrators this year added remedial math to its summer college preparatory pre·par·a·to·ry
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The change is just one effort to bring the majority of graduating high school seniors up to speed and ready to take California State University Enrollment
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3. initial estimates, about two-thirds of this year's 2,284 freshmen will need remediation in either English or math, said Lorraine Newlon, director of admissions at California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an .
``Remedial instruction is costly and it delays the students' graduation. If you have four (remedial) courses that you take that don't count toward graduation it adds almost a year,'' Newlon said. ``It's in everyone's best interest to get students in who are ready for college work.''
English remediation courses help students with developmental reading or writing and math classes hone geometry and algebra algebra, branch of mathematics concerned with operations on sets of numbers or other elements that are often represented by symbols. Algebra is a generalization of arithmetic and gains much of its power from dealing symbolically with elements and operations (such as skills.
This year, CSUN's Summer Bridge Program started offering a remedial math workshop. The program is usually limited to students from low-income families.
But this year, with additional funding from the office of undergraduate studies, it welcomed more students who needed remediation.
The free college preparatory program enrolled about 300 students this summer, more than double past years.
CSUN senior Santos Santos (sän`ts), city (1996 pop. 412,288), São Paulo state, SE Brazil, on the island of São Vicente in the Atlantic just off the mainland. Bocanegra, 20, of Pacoima said the university should have offered the math course years ago.
Bocanegra took a remedial English course to strengthen essay writing skills in Summer Bridge before he started CSUN, but had to take a remedial math workshop during his freshman year.
He said high schools should be held accountable for preparing students for college.
``First of all, it does need to start in high schools, that's when they need to learn it,'' he said. ``But you face overcrowding overcrowding
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Remediation courses, he said, ``are a plus and minus. You get a fresh review, but once again you're taking a class you shouldn't need to be taking, so it's also a setback.''
In March, a CSU See DSU/CSU.
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In 1997, the percent of students tested in math increased to 90 percent, from 76 percent the year before; those tested in English increased to 89 percent from 76 percent.
Students needing remediation increased from 53 percent to 54 percent in math and 43 percent to 47 percent in English.
In 1997, 62 percent of all CSUN freshmen needed remediation in English, and 67 percent needed it in math.
The system's goal is to reduce the number of new freshmen needing remediation by 10 percent by 2001. It also looks to reduce the total number of students in remediation to 10 percent in both English and math by 2007.