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UW-La Crosse gets $50K to improve remedial math

Published On: Nov 14 2012 06:43:46 AM CST
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LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has received a $50,000 grant to help incoming students who need remedial math courses.

The UW System says one in five incoming freshmen needs remedial math. And for under-represented minority students, that figure is double.

To bring those students up to speed faster, the La Crosse campus is using the grant money to develop an online math course. The program will be available to high school students who want to evaluate how ready they are for college, and for non-traditional students who've been away from school and need a refresher before coming back.

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow says the program will help students take advanced classes sooner and potentially graduate faster.

   The $50,000 is a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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