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College Algebra May Be Waived Sierra College

Describing college algebra as probably the greatest barrier to obtaining a credential, the chancellor of the California Community Colleges system wants to waive it as a requirement for all students. Chancellor Eloy Oakley proposes making intermediate algebra optional, unless students are seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering or math at a university. The executive dean at Sierra College’s Nevada County campus, Stephanie Ortiz, says it’s worth a look…

click to listen to Stephanie Ortiz

Ortiz says it would be up to individual college districts on ending the requirement. She says close communication with universities is vital…

click to listen to Stephanie Ortiz

About three-fourths of students who transfer to a university don’t major in science, technology, engineering, or math. He says those students should be able to demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills, by taking statistics or other math courses more applicable to their fields.

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