High School Mathematics Access Program
Inch by Inch
Math is a Cinch;
Yard by Yard
It is Very Hard (r)
Background and Description
The High School Mathematics Access Program (HiMAP) was launched in 1995 at California State University, Stanislaus by Dr. Viji Sundar who continues to direct the program. 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 in 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 6-12 who attend schools in the University's service area. The program is designed to serve about 100 students each year. Students commute an average of 30 miles round trip to attend HiMAP.
In each of the first two years, (1995-96 and 1996-97), the program received a $5,000 grant from the Tensor Foundation (Mathematical Association of America). This was the seed money originally funded to promote women in math and science. The program currently charges $100 per semester (or $150 for the school year) from each student to cover some basic costs. Dr. Sundar continues to apply for grants on an annual basis.
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 students ability in all subjects. Sustained or increased attendance in the program is another measure of success; the programs initial goal was to get 20 students to attend weekly. The average attendance now is 40 students per week.