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I was always a lousy math student — and apparently, I wasn’t alone. Our higher-education reporter, Max Filby, writes that many Miami Valley colleges are working hard to make math more accessible and easier to master.

He writes: “College math classes have long been seen as a ‘filter’ or a ‘weed out’ course for students seeking a degree, administrators from colleges throughout the Miami Valley said. … But over the last decade or so, colleges have sought to remove a roadblock that has prevented many students from getting into the career of their dreams. Some have rearranged their curriculum while others have increased tutoring and support for students.”

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What works? Adding math “boot camps,” restructuring remedial classes to have more punch, and improving math placement tests. Clark State, Filby writes, took “more of a ‘holistic approach’ that asks ‘where does math fit into that curriculum?’”

Administrators say they aren’t watering down the math curriculum, but are all about boosting student confidence on a historically killer subject.

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