On a Mission to Help Students Pass Math

On a Mission to Help Students Pass Math 1

Mike Rosenthal, Florida International U.

Clifford Mathelier (left), a learning assistant, conducts peer-led, small-group math instruction at Florida International U.

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Mike Rosenthal, Florida International U.

Clifford Mathelier (left), a learning assistant, conducts peer-led, small-group math instruction at Florida International U.

If a student doesn't pass his first math course, he may very well drop out of college. Jeffrey Knapp knows that. And Mr. Knapp, director of the Academy for the Art of Teaching at Florida International University, knew that the pass rates in low-level math courses there, between 33 and 45 percent, were too low.

When he heard that the Wal-Mart Foundation and the Institute for Higher Education Policy were giving grants to minority-serving institutions to help retain first-generation