We joke about about it all the time, but the fact that we have very bright students who don’t transfer to four-year programs because of the math requirement is serious business.
If you are one who thinks that the problem is the students’, not yours, consider this: Increasingly we will be judged by the number of students who complete our AAs and certificates. At lunch with other area journalism teachers today we came up with a possible solution.
What if we could find one math instructor at one of our schools who would be willing to put together an online version of the Intermediate Algebra course replete with journalism story examples and market it to all of our journalism students? We could serve as campus proctors for tests and local liaisons to help our students follow through. The host campus would probably have to set up some kind of learning community arrangement to hold all those spots for students from other other schools.
Let’s kick around some comments and refine this idea. I’ll bet there is grant money out there for some kind of collaborative project. Let’s hear your comments.