By: Andrew Mees, Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the direction of institutional faculty, Bloomfield College offered for the second consecutive summer free programs during the month of July for incoming freshman students who will enroll in classes for the fall 2015 semester.
Designed to give students a head start on their college careers and acclimate them to their new academic lives, the innovative curriculum was implemented over a three-week period from July 13-30.
The school’s newest undergrads were given the opportunity to take a pair of courses during the program. Offerings included classes in Project-Based Mathematics, and a course titled “Selected Topics in Fitness and Health: Healthy Lifestyles”. Students participated in one three-hour session each Monday and two three-hour sessions each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with groups switching between classes to tackle the opposite course following an afternoon lunch break.
Providing participants with experience in using the Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator, the math offering allowed students to work toward the objectives of Math 103, Bloomfield’s introductory math course. Projects within the class focused on descriptive statistics, sets and commercial applications. Upon completing the experience, students received a free TI-84 calculator. Those meeting the objectives of Math 103 receive the opportunity to have the course requirement waived before the start of the fall semester.
“Our summer program serves multiple purposes,” said adjunct professor and interim freshman class coordinator Kevin Cline. “It provides students an introduction to college level mathematics and the life and requirements of being a successful college student. And secondly, it gives students the opportunity to meet and work alongside their peers prior to the start of their freshman year.”
Complementing the academic portion of the curriculum, Selected Topics in Fitness and Health educated students on the habits necessary to create a healthy lifestyle, from planning an exercise routine and eating habits to daily planning and successful studying practices. Participants received 0.5 academic credits for their work in the class, helping them to jumpstart their college careers while learning to lead healthier lives.
To learn more about Bloomfield's summer academic offerings, visit bloomfield.edu/summer.