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National Grid Foundation Grant Supports Mathematics at Weissman

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Baruch College students received the National Grid Foundation's $15,000 grant to The Baruch College Fund. Photo by Jerry Speier




As part of its commitment to support advancements in education, National Grid Foundation awarded Baruch College a $15,000 grant to fund a pilot program aimed at improving students’ understanding of mathematics. The program consists of a series of video tutorials, which were developed by Baruch mathematics faculty to address specific areas in the students’ overall mathematical experience.

Approximately 80 percent of Baruch College undergraduates are pursuing degrees at the College’s Zicklin School of Business. Their studies are concentrated in such fields as finance, accounting, and actuarial science, where highly developed quantitative reasoning and math skills are essential.

In its pilot year, the National Grid Foundation–funded video tutorials will focus on Intermediate Algebra, which is a prerequisite for students seeking admission to the Zicklin School’s business programs. It is expected that 200 students, many of them from disadvantaged communities in Brooklyn and Queens, will benefit from the new program.

Baruch faculty members will employ tablet PCs, Camtasia software, and the Internet-based My Math Lab instructional software to create the video tutorials and deliver them via Baruch education portal, Blackboard. The tutorials will be available to students online 24/7.

"It’s a bit like virtual office hours,” says Walter Wang, Professor of Mathematics at Baruch and coordinator of the new tutorial program. “We’re teaching them how to take advantage of technology to enhance their learning experience. Using the tablet PCs and the Camtasia software, we can show them how to arrive at solutions step by step.”

"Education is an area of focus that deserves our attention and support. We are proud to partner with Baruch in further developing the opportunity to enlighten and inspire its students,”said Robert G. Keller, Executive Director, National Grid Foundation. “Through this initiative, we believe the instructive opportunities will motivate students to better understand the subject at hand—and more aptly prepare students in a world of economic challenge.”

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 1999, the foundation has provided nearly $15 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.

Zane Berzins
Baruch News Director

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