No intermediate algebra, no problem: CSU ditches tricky math prerequisite

Beginning in the fall of 2018, students whose majors aren’t math or science heavy will be able to fulfill their math requirements without slogging through intermediate algebra first — part of a larger effort to increase graduation rates… By 2025, CSU wants 40 percent of its freshmen to earn a degree in four years, almost double the current figure. One of the holdups is remedial math education. Right now, nearly 40 percent of freshmen admitted to a CSU campus have to take remedial math or English classes that are time consuming and expensive but don’t actually count toward a degree… In May, CSU sent a draft executive order to campuses and is expected to release the final order imminently. The order would direct campuses to offer “stretch” courses that would give students college credit right off the bat but also add more support and time with instructors to help them succeed.

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by Emily DeRuy, The Mercury News.

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