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tudents who need preparation for college-level
mathematics classes can now progress through
developmental coursework at their own pace in
MCC's RAMP-Up (Review, Achieve, Master and
Progress) Math Program.
Student-centered and taught in specially designed computer
labs, each RAMP-Up class consists of 30 students (arranged
in round "pods" of six computers) with an instructor and a
tutor -- so the student/teacher ratio is 15 to 1. The entire
program replaces three separate developmental courses:
"Fundamentals of Mathematics," "Algebra I" and
"Algebra II."
Instead of a conventional classroom setting, where the
professor leads and sets the rate of learning, students in
RAMP-Up Math work individually through 12 computer-
learning modules, absorbing the coursework at their own
pace, and taking quizzes and tests when they feel ready. Once
a test is completed and passed, the student moves on to the
next computer module. Some students complete all 12
modules in one semester, while others may take up to three
semesters to finish the coursework.
"The program provides the students an opportunity to move
through the developmental sequence and into a college-level
math class quicker," said Professor of Mathematics Michael
Williamson. "The students are more motivated and come
into class and get to work right away. Often, students are in
the class working before the teacher even arrives."
Math Students Progress at
Their Own Pace With RAMP-Up
Tutor Jeremy Wegrzyn works with students in the RAMP-Up Math Lab on the Lowell campus.