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Southern University’s College of Sciences and Engineering has announced a $749,829 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help students succeed in mathematics.

“Across the nation, an overwhelming number of students entering college as a STEM major failed math or switched their major due to a lack of preparation for college-level mathematics,” said Patrick Carriere in a university press release.

Dr. Carriere is dean of the sciences and engineering college at Southern University and director of the Pathways for Advancing Student Success (PASS) project.

He is leading the PASS effort along with Francesca Mellieon-Williams, an associate professor in science and mathematics education,  Albertha Lawson, chair of Science and Mathematics Education, and Fareed Dawan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

According to Southern University, the U.S. Department of Education grant will provide the college with the resources to implement new initiatives that will assist with math preparation and faculty development.

In addition, the college will implement an early warning system to support at-risk students, strengthen tutoring services for math courses, provide training for faculty members to explore collaborative teaching and learning strategies and provide a faculty course redesign and curriculum training.

“Overall, this project will strengthen the college’s academic support services and faculty instruction and advisement,” Dr. Carriere said. “This will lay the foundation for long-term improved student retention efforts.”

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