:New Math Pathways equal success: With nearly 85 percent of Northern Essex Community College students, which matches the national average for community college students, testing into developmental math courses, math faculty have streamlined the math path to prevent frustrated students from dropping math and eventually college. “There is a national study that says the more developmental math classes students have to take, the more likely they will drop out,” said Linda Murphy, NECC curriculum coordinator for Developmental Mathematics. To remedy this, NECC math faculty created two new pathways for developmental students. The programs shorten the math pathway for some students, but at the same time prepare them more effectively for the college level math course required in their program of study, Murphy said. One change is similar to what has been implemented at other community colleges. NECC students who place into basic math or basic algebra I can take the course in a modularized format that allows them to advance at their own pace. NECC began offering the modular math program in the fall of 2011. It was so successful that additional sections have been added every semester since. Faculty also created a Mathematical Literacy for College Students course as an alternative for students who have completed basic math. Students who complete MLCS can go directly into college-level math courses such as statistics and quantitative reasoning. MLCS was created by NECC’s Department Chair of Academic Preparation Jim Sullivan, author of “Mathematical Literacy for College Students.” This MLCS course is now being eyed by other colleges. A trial section of MLCS was offered at NECC in the fall semester. At least five sections will be offered in the spring of 2013.
:Annual Run to the Beach is March 17: The Andover Striders in association with the Winner’s Circle Running Club will present their annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run, Sunday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), at 10 a.m. Be sure to wear your green. The race starts at the North Andover VFW, Route 125, and finishes at the Winners’’ Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury. This is a point-to-point course and runners are on their own as far as transportation. Bring your spouse, significant other, or both, and car pool. And if you don’t have any friends, show up at the Circle around 8:45 a.m. and plead with a fellow runner for a ride to the start. Please bring your watch, as you will be timing yourself. Feel free to jump in or out at any distance. If you would like to cheat, that’s OK too. There are no awards, no entry fee, no numbers, no T-shirts, no charities, no USATF, no registration, and no race directors to complain to. If you so desire you can run with your iPod, Walkman, headphones, or 8-track player, although you might miss the point of a running a long training run with your old and new friends. Post-run libations at the Circle provided by the WCRC and the AS. The records are 1:50 for male and 2:00 for female. For more information contact Dave LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.