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'Donut' Miss This Message about Math and Science Tutoring

The folks at the Old Dominion University College of Science's Math and Science Resource Center (MSRC) are pinning a lot of hope this week on the common donut.

On Tuesday morning, several representatives of the center will be traveling the campus in a golf cart giving away hundreds of the sugary treats. Their messages: "Donut fall behind! Donut wait to get help with your math and chemistry courses!"

"We gave away 500 today (Monday)," said Terri Mathews, director of the center and assistant dean of the college. "We'll do the same tomorrow. We're trying to generate interest."

Chris Platsoucas, dean of the college, said in his state of the college address last week that the two-year-old center has produced some impressive results, but that his hopes for it were even higher.

MSRC was founded to coordinate the College of Sciences' retention effort and to provide extensive advising and tutoring on demand to students in academic difficulty in mathematics, chemistry and other courses that have proven to be especially difficult for students to pass.

"The results we have seen are very encouraging and have clearly impacted student success. MSRC has proven to be effective in increasing the average grades of the students and decreasing the DFWI (students who get grades of D, F or incomplete, or withdraw) of students who received intervention," the dean said.

Unfortunately, the dean added, fewer than 20 percent of the students who need MSRC intervention are taking advantage of it. "Our objectives include substantially increasing the number of students attending tutoring." He said one reason he believes the goal can be met is that a survey in 2009 showed that 87 percent of students were highly satisfied or very satisfied with the tutoring services.

This article was posted on: September 7, 2010

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