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I so agree with this: "we, in this country, are doing an incredible
disservice to students who will not need algebra (which is simply a tool
for more advanced mathematical study)."  

Please, let's begin a nation-wide movement here. I have so many students
and advisees who must take an algebra course only to get a poor grade in
it -- or send themselves into a breakdown trying to pass a course that
teaches them information they ***will never use in their lives.*** I
hate to admit it, but I selected my majors based on what type of math I
would have to take to pass. I graduated college in 1989 and have worked
in academia since 1991. Guess how often I have had to use algebra? You
got it: never. - Kathy 

Kathy A. Williams, M.A. 
Academic Skills Coordinator
Transition & University Services
Eastern Kentucky University
SSB 323, CPO 64
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475-3164
Phone: (859) 622-8860
Fax: (859) 622-5887
 

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2007 2:34 PM
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Subject: Math for Liberal Arts Majors

Greetings,
I am trying to accumulate a list of institutions that have wisely
recognized
that algebra is not a necessary requirement for numeracy and solid
quantitative reasoning skills.  

If your general education requirement includes an option of "Mathematics
for
Liberal Arts Majors" or some similar title, does NOT have a prerequisite
of
algebra, and serves as the terminal math course for non-science majors,
I
would appreciate hearing from you.

As a consultant working with colleges and universities to increase
student
learning, success, and satisfaction with an expected goal of increasing
retention and graduation rates, it is clear to me--a former professor of
mathematics--that we, in this country, are doing an incredible
disservice to
students who will not need algebra (which is simply a tool for more
advanced
mathematical study).  It is appalling to me the number of lives we
impact
negatively by requiring algebra of liberal arts majors.

Please share success stories at your institutions.  Thank you!


Teresa
Teresa Farnum & Associates

Your Change Agent to Recruit and Graduate Students
Denver, Colorado
Phone: 303-248-3011
Fax:     303-248-3549

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