Baruch College and The National Grid Foundation Showcase Tablet PC-Based Mathematics Curriculum at Demo Event

Event on April 27 honors business and financial leaders' contributions to New York City

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New York, NY May 5, 2011 -- Baruch College in partnership with the National Grid Foundation showcased a tablet PC-based program called the Math Skills Enhancement Program today at the college. This innovative program, aimed at improving students’ understanding of mathematics by utilizing technology-based interactive instruction, focuses on the national STEM initiative to improve college students’ competitive strength in the technical, scientific and mathematics arenas. Photos of the event can be accessed here.

The National Grid Foundation creates opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Thanks to the Foundation’s financial support, Baruch College faculty from the Mathematics Department of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences has developed math tutorials on tablet PCs by way of specialized instructional software. The result is an improved method of visually explaining assigned math problems — both in the classroom and at home, as the tutorials are also made available for students online. The project has played a role in helping to improve the pass rates for required pre-calculus and calculus courses for students planning to enter Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.

“For today's college graduate, mathematical skills are essential to be successful in the business world,” said Eileen Cohen, board member, National Grid Foundation. “The unique approach developed by Breach to provide on demand tutorials will not only help Baruch students—it will serve as a model for other schools.”

Among the speakers at the event were Robert Keller, president of the National Grid Foundation and Professors Peter Gregory and Sarah Harney, both of Baruch College’s Mathematics Department. Professor Gregory conducted a demonstration of the technology with students who have participated in the program and Professor Harney presented her survey research on the students' responses to the tutorials. Photos of the event can be accessed here.

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About National Grid Foundation

The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life in areas where National Grid provides services. The Foundation’s ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has provided more than $15 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.

Contact:      Ed Pachetti,

                   Baruch College

                   646-660-6135

                   Ed.Pachetti@baruch.cuny.edu