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College Receives Grant to Pilot Math Boot Camp for Incoming Freshmen

April 16, 2014

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education awarded Atlantic Cape Community College a College Readiness Now “College Access Challenge Grant” for $26,977 to implement a developmental Math Boot Camp this summer.

“The intent is to pilot the program in summer 2014, and following assessment and modification, bring the project to a full-scale program consistent with the college’s goal of maximizing student success with the support of the Achieving the Dream initiative under way,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, president.

With the majority of high school graduates applying to Atlantic Cape placing into development mathematics, the college researched offering a boot camp that is prescriptive and only requires students to complete modules where they test in need of improvement.

“By expediting the developmental sequence of classes, students can achieve their goals at a faster pace, yielding higher retention and completion rates of their educational goals,” said Dr. Art Wexler, vice president of academic affairs.

The program will be offered in June and July as an option to recent high school graduates scoring within a certain zone on the ACCUPLACER, the college’s assessment exam. Students entering the program take a first-day diagnostic test and only work through concepts where they were found to need improvement. This provides a faster track to college-level math classes by eliminating the need to complete one or two semester-long remedial courses.

Atlantic Cape math faculty will assist students through a one-on-one approach during the workshop, which will meet four hours a day, four days a week for one week.

The college’s Jump-Start program, which recruits, tests, advises and registers high school seniors at their high school, is helping to identify candidates for the program. Atlantic Cape estimates nearly 200 students will participate in the Math Boot Camp. Priority enrollment will be given to low-income applicants in high school districts located in high poverty areas such as Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Wildwood and Lower Cape May.

Ultimately, students who successfully complete the MATH074 boot camps will be able to register for college-level mathematics in the fall semester. Those completing the MATH073 boot camps could potentially take MATH074 in the third summer session and register for college-level math in the fall semester.

For more information on Math Boot Camp, contact Melissa Hatty at mhatty@atlantic.edu.

Atlantic Cape Community College is a comprehensive, two-year college offering flexible, affordable learning for students of all ages. The college launched a Student Success Initiative aimed at improving student retention and completion. In 2012, the college joined the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network – the nation’s most comprehensive nongovernmental reform network for student success in higher education history. Since then, it has identified strategies, like Math Boot Camp, to close achievement gaps and increase student retention.