Bank of America recently recognized Cal State East Bay’s regional outreach to underserved students with a $25,000 grant to develop and expand Summer Algebra Academies in 2009 and beyond.
Education experts consider mastery of algebra as a major determining factor in students’ academic success, but note that lower income students do not perform as well in basic algebra. Because most colleges, including CSUEB, require applicants to complete at least three years of math in high school, students who don’t pass algebra are also less likely to progress to college.
CSUEB’s Summer Algebra Academies will be an educational partnership with other groups in the East Bay community, targeting middle and high school students. The curriculum includes intense instruction, field trips to see math and science careers in action and academic mentoring. The sessions will be held in a number of locations, with a low student-to-teacher ratio to ensure personal attention for each student.
“We appreciate Bank of America’s support for this important program and are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with them to secure this grant,” said Oliver Ramsey, associate vice president, University Development. “They clearly see the value in inspiring young students’ appreciation for algebra and showing them that math is the path to college and career success.”