LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The UW-La Crosse estimates roughly 21 percent of its incoming freshman each year need some type of refresher in remedial math.
The UWL is now offering a "Massive Online Open Course" or MOOK in basic math skills, and received a $50-thousand grant Tuesday from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help implement it.
Chancellor Joe Gow said all the materials needed for the class are readily available, as the school teaches remedial math in the classroom too.
"This is to get people to a point where they're ready to come to us for math," Gow said. "Ordinarily they'd come to us, we would test them, and if they're not ready, then you sit through a remedial class, complete the semester to show you're ready, and you don't get any credit for that."
"So now, people in high school can get ready to take their math placement tests by using this MOOK class to show what they can do, and come here ready to go," the Chancellor said.
The class will be free and open to everyone.
Gow said it will be available soon on the school's web site: www.uwlax.edu.
"Math is one of the bedrocks of any science, technology or engineering career. You have to have those skills. You can't fake them," Gow said.
"This class will get people ready to come and jump into the higher math classes," he added, "and so it's really a winner not just for students and the university but for society, because we'll be able to place more graduates into those fields."
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