INA, Ill. - Diane Metzger, professor of mathematics at Rend Lake College, is one of four Illinois community college professors chosen to serve on the CARS (Career and Academic Readiness System) Math Expansion Team. The CARS team is a project to help students better prepare for college.
Metzger has taught developmental and baccalaureate-transfer mathematics courses at the community college level for 30 years.
"Rend Lake College has approximately 70 percent of entering freshmen placing in developmental mathematics courses," said Metzger. "I believe the CARS project is a way that could help prevent students from taking so many of these courses."
CARS is something the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is using in its effort to enhance existing remedial education curriculum. The online teaching and learning system will provide an interactive and engaging curriculum for students to use to better prepare themselves for their academic studies in higher education, according to the ICCB. The CARS System will be available for community colleges to supplement their existing remedial education offerings, as well as provide a standalone system for students to use at a distance. It will also be available for adult education providers to help students transition to higher education, and for high schools to help their students prepare for college-level coursework.
Directors of the CARS Math Expansion Team are ICCB Senior Director for Education Technology Todd Jorns and Crystal Hack with the Western Illinois University Center for Application of Information Technologies (CAIT).