About the Mary P. Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center
The Mary P. Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center is a a comprehensive facility designed to support the teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics.
- It is a Resource Center providing computer assisted tutorials, multi-media materials and videotapes for students enrolled in all math/stat courses in the Department, students enrolled in other courses in the College needing a review of mathematics, and students studying for standardized exams such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, LAST and Nursing Exams.
- It is a Tutoring Center for most math courses and the basic stat distribution course and offers problem sessions (critical thinking sessions) for 6 of the 100-level courses. The Center also sponsors study groups for all areas of mathematics through MATH 311 (Abstract Algebra) and STAT 213 (Introduction to Applied Statistics). In addition, the Center provides the trained tutors for the in-class component of MATH 101.
- It is the home base for the Pre-101, COMPASS, and OSS workshops. The pre-101 workshop enrolls approximately 200 students each semester and is taught using multi-media materials with tutors present. The COMPASS workshop is a classroom-based workshop usually taught during January and the summer. The OSS workshop is a pilot program offered this year for students who are “of promise” but not CUNY proficient.
- It is a Classroom and Classroom extension for mathematics education courses, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics and other upper-level courses, allowing instructors to conduct in-class demonstrations and explorations of mathematical and statistical concepts, via technology.
- It is the site of development and implementation for specialized programs and workshops in mathematics. These include Content-Based Study Skills, Multi-media Courses, Critical-Thinking Problem Sessions, Reviews for Placement Exams and SEEK support.
History of Center
The Mary P. Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center (formerly called the Math Learning Resource Center) opened in 1971 through a grant secured by Professor Mary P. Dolciani, a faculty member in the Mathematics Department. The first of its kind in CUNY and one of the first in the country, it was an audio-visual Center with the main thrust being to aid underprepared students in the learning of calculus and finite mathematics. Students progressed through courses using in-house prepared slides and tapes that covered all the topics in the course. Tutors were available to answer students' questions. The Center was upgraded through a generous grant from the Dolciani-Halloran Foundation in 1986, after the death of Professor Dolciani.
The Center was originally located on the 12th floor of the North Building. Upon its move to 51st Street in 1973, the Center was able to house three sections of MATH 100 simultaneously. In 1979, the Center moved to the second floor of Thomas Hunter where the Access Center is now located. Today the Center is located in Rooms 300 through 306A HN.
Upgrades and Expansions
Timeline of Location of Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center
- The Center was upgraded to a computer facility and had as its primary role, the delivery of remedial mathematics instruction.
- The Center expanded to provide support services to students in all math/stat courses.
- The Center expanded to provide classroom instruction in calculus and statistics.
- The Center expanded physically to incorporate the delivery of computer-based pre-calculus, and statistics instruction.
- The Center expanded physically to incorporate additional mathematics, statistics and math education courses.
+ Multi-Media Library
+ Tutorial Center
+ Reference Library
+ Problem Sessions
As part of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ Strategic Plan, the Center has identified broad goals for the next seven years.
In addition to our current responsibilities we hope to:
• Continue to encourage other departments using math/stat in their courses to send their students to our Center for multi-media support.
• Explore the feasibility of offering on-line tutorial assistance during the hours in which the Center is closed.
• Continue to support curriculum implementation and enhance the learning experience. Explore the feasibility of offering on-line tutorial assistance during the hours in which the Center is closed.
• Create new support materials for upper-level courses.
• Expand our on-line materials.
• Work more closely with the Welcome Center and Advising Services to expand our visibility during their orientation programs.
• Conduct focus groups at satellite campuses to explore what is needed to better serve this population.
• Sponsor Open Houses/luncheons for faculty and staff to update them on new offerings and equipment.
• Re-institute our monthly Round-Table Discussions on new technology and topics of interest to students, faculty and staff.
• Formalize our outreach to staff members at the college so that those who are preparing to come back to school, take math/stat courses or sit for professional exams can receive academic support.
• Expand our staff development programs.
• Re-institute our linkages with high schools in the area to identify strong high school seniors to train as tutors.
• Explore the possibility of re-instituting internal internships or field placements with Teacher Education/McNair programs and other scholar programs.
• Continue to work towards NLCA accreditation.
What You Can Do to Help
- Encourage students to come to the Center.
- Volunteer to write a lesson on selected topics needed.
- Identify students (or adjuncts) who can tutor or assist in other DMLC related work.