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Math Bridge Program

The CWU Math Bridge program is an opportunity for incoming freshmen who want to advance their placement level into college level math. 


  Step 1 Take the Placement Assessment, Step 2 Improve Your knowledge in the Prep and Learning Module, Step 3 Retake Assessment, Step 4 Success in Your Course

The program will provide an opportunity to refresh and improve core mathematical competencies. 


The program will work as an accelerated refresher over five-weeks, the tentative dates are the last week of July through August.


Attendance is mandatory, Monday - Thursday, for three hours each session.  


The enrollment and support of the program is free for CWU students.  However, all students are required to pay for their placement test, which is $30 (Charged to your CWU account).


The program uses ALEKS PPL, details are below.  




Why should students participate?  

The ALEKS PPL functions by taking the Current Class Level and using the prep and learning to get to the desired class level

The CWU Math Bridge program will help enhance student confidence, improve the quality of academic preparation for entering fall quarter courses, and offer an additional means by which students may connect to the university early and often.  By taking the time now you will help ensure your academic success by building the skills you need.  

The process for the Math Bridge program is Step 1 Take the ALEKS Placement Assessment (PPL), Step 2 Students improve their knowledge in the Prep and Learning Modules, Step 3 Students retake ALEKS PPL, Step 4 Students enter Fall term enrolled in a math course, and finally Step 5, Participants will be supported throughout the next academic year to help ensure success.

Details about the CWU Math Bridge program

After being accepted into the program, the student will decide which campus to work from, currently the program is available in the Ellensburg and in the Seattle areas.  The program will run through the last week of July through August.  A plan will be established for the student with weekly goals that a tutor will be assisting with every day.  The only cost for the student is the sitting fee at the campus they take the ALEKS PPL. 

The CWU Math Bridge program will use ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces), a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system.  It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know.  ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.  As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained.  ALEKS PPL is used at several institutions in Washington as well as across the country at over 300 higher education institutions, with an average over 500,000 students.    

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