Christopher J. Ortiz
For a lot of students, math is just something you can do or you
can’t do. The university requires undergraduates to take math
credits. Yet it doesn’t seem that the university puts a lot of
money into the Individualized Mathematics Program.
The math mods are a way for the university to require students
to take credits but to skim off the surface with funding. From our
experience, students who go through the math mods are not learning
lifelong math skills. They only learn enough to pass the tests.
You don’t come to a university to teach yourself. Yes there are
tutors and yes there is a lecture class provided, but for the
average student who needs a little more assistance, the IMP program
is not conducive to his or her overall educational experience. Many
students coast through the programs by learning only what is
necessary to pass the next test, not actually learning the
material. Everyone learns differently, but with the math mods there
are few options.
Either don’t require every student to earn math credits at CSU
or support the IMP with more help for students who do not know the
cross products of the dell operator with the result of the cross
product of two vectors.