In the spring of 2009, CUNY Central’s Office of Academic Affairs put forth a request for proposals (RFP) for evidence-based research projects that could lead to better learning in undergraduate mathematics classrooms. The competition was an opportunity to fund faculty-led research projects and to encourage CUNY faculty members to consider questions or problems they have encountered in helping students learn mathematics. Faculty were encouraged to devise creative solutions or test ones that they had read about, and to develop the means to assess whether the solutions work.

On November 30, 2009, CUNY awarded grants to 10 faculty teams ranging from $32,000 to $86,000, depending on the scope and extent of the proposal. Chosen from a competitive pool, these projects involved 27 faculty from CUNY colleges. A list of chosen proposal titles, principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and award amounts are listed below.

“Community College Study of Mathematical Concepts and Skills Retention in Elementary Algebra: The Role of Distributed Practice and Problem‐Centered Learninga”

Principal Investigators:

  • Professor Madelaine Bates, Bronx Community College
  • Professor Susan Forman, Bronx Community College

Award: $39,610

“Using Data to Develop an Adaptive Syllabus for the Pre-Calculus Sequence at the College of Staten Island”

Principal Investigators:

  • Professor Jane Coffee, College of Staten Island
  • Assistant Professor Ilya Kofman, College of Staten Island
  • Assistant Professor Tobias Schaefer, College of Staten Island
  • Assistant Professor Jesenko Vukadinovic, College of Staten Island

Award: $86,124
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“Improving Undergraduate Mathematics Learning: The Effect of Small-Group Homework Tutoring on Remedial Mathematics Learning”

Principal Investigators:

  • Assistant Professor Alice Cunningham, Hostos Community College
  • Assistant Professor Olen Diaz, Hostos Community College

Award: $38,453
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Publications and Presentations

“An Internet-Based Homework System to Improve Student Performance in Precalculus”

Principal Investigators:

  • Professor Edward Grossman, City College of New York
  • Professor Stanley Ocken, City College of New York (Co-PI)

Award: $82,825
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“Accelerated Workshop Approach to Remedial Mathematics Using Problem Solving”

Principal Investigators:

  • Assistant Professor G. Michael Guy, Queensborough Community College
  • Assistant Professor Jonathan Cornick, Queensborough Community College
  • Associate Professor Robert Holt, Queensborough Community College
  • Instructor Andrew Russell, Queensborough Community College

Award: $75,555
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Publications and Presentations

“The Effects of Study Skills Training and Peer Coaching of ‘At-Risk’ Students on Retention and Passing Rates in a Remedial Mathematics Course”

Principal Investigators:

  • Associate Professor Leonid Khazanov, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Assistant Professor Michael George, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor Annette Gourgey, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Award: $45,430
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Publications and Presentations

“The Gap Project: Closing Gaps in Gateway Mathematics Courses”

Principal Investigators:

  • Assistant Professor Sandra Kingan, Brooklyn College
  • Assistant Professor Anthony Clemen, Brooklyn College
  • Associate Professor Jun Hu, Brooklyn College

Award: $32,500
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“Teaching Pre-Algebra and Algebra Concepts to Community College Students Through the Use of Virtual Manipulatives”

Principal Investigators:

  • Associate Professor Violeta Menil, Hostos Community College
  • Adjunct Lecturer Eric Fuchs, Bronx Community College

Award: $54,024
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“Improving Undergraduate Mathematics Learning at LaGuardia”

Principal Investigators:

  • Associate Professor Frank Wang, LaGuardia Community College
  • Assistant Professor Marina Dedlovskay, LaGuardia Community College
  • Professor Joyce Zaritsky, LaGuardia Community College

Award: $83,133
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“Increasing Student Success and Retention in Mathematics through Student-Centered Instruction and Collaborative Learning”

Principal Investigators:

  • Assistant Professor Claire Wladis, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Assistant Professor Alla Morgulis, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Award: $58,026
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