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September 29, 2004 :: October Is Oklahoma Higher Education Math and Science Month

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October is Oklahoma Higher Education Math and Science Month. Colleges and universities across the state will promote their math and science lab services as well as showcase faculty and student success stories via the State Regents Web site. The “Math and Science Resources” online tool is designed to ease math and science concerns and boost current skill levels of students statewide.

"Colleges across the state recognize the need to provide students quality math and science learning resources and support services to improve their overall education," said Mary Bea Drummond, chair of the the Communicators Council, an advisory board to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. "We are working together to advance student achievement in these fields."

Students, parents and educators are encouraged to visit under “Check It Out” for a list of campus events and helpful math and science Web sites. Visitors will notice a variety of services, including assistance with homework problems for students and parents or for educators in creating challenging lesson plans.

“Math and Science Month draws attention to the importance of these subjects not only in school, but in the world of work. The skills learned in math and science courses are important in creating a strong workforce for our state,” said Chancellor Paul G. Risser. “During October and throughout the school year, students, parents and educators are encouraged to use the resources available to assist our young people in developing the math and science skills necessary for college-level work and eventually, the workforce.”

In addition to Math and Science Month, the State Regents have multiple initiatives to strengthen math and science learning in Oklahoma’s K-12 classrooms. These initiatives are designed to help reduce the need for math and science remediation at the college level. Students who enroll in remedial courses pay tuition and fees, but receive no credit for the course. Students who get a strong foundation in math and science skills in high school can avoid remediation later.

Some of the initiatives of the State Regents include improving teacher preparation, offering the Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) and sending feedback reports to the high schools.

For additional information about Oklahoma higher education’s math and science programs, e-mail or call 1.800.858.1840 (225.9239 in Oklahoma City).