Background and Description
The High School Mathematics Access Program (HiMAP) was launched in 1995 at California State University, Stanislaus. HiMAP addresses the challenges identified in national statistics that shows students do not pursue mathematics and science classes with the same level of confidence and aptitude as other subjects. HiMAP is a Pre-Collegiate Academic program for students in the University's service area, which includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced county areas.
Planning and Objectives
The program involves coaching sessions in mathematics, chemistry, biology, general science, and computers; enrichment lessons in mathematics; coaching for SAT 1 and A.P. calculus. The students attend a total of 20-24 sessions per year. The program is designed:
- to coach participants on an ongoing basis to keep them competent and confident in their school mathematic and science classes;
- to show that a college education is within their reach both academically and financially, and
- to acquaint them to possible careers in mathematics, science and engineering with presentations by area professionals whose high school days and family background mirror theirs.
The program acts as a resource, as well as to mentor and guide students while providing the necessary fuel for these young students to pursue and persevere in their school mathematics and science courses.
The program is available to all students in grades 4-12 who attend schools in the University's service area. The program is designed to serve about 100 students each year.
The effectiveness of the program is monitored through the participants of the program who write their comments at the end of the session regarding specific outcomes from attending the program. Outcomes range from improved grades in math and science in school to enhanced confidence in the student's ability in all subjects. Sustained or increased attendance in the program is another measure of success; the program's initial goal was to get 20 students to attend weekly. The average attendance is normally 40 students per week.