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Math Camp
Zoe Edge, of Memphis, and Jonathan Davis, of Nashville, follow the worksheet's directions to clap after working a problem at this summer's Math Camp.

Two programs aimed at helping students achieve academic success have seen great results again this year.

Both Math Camp and the Summer Opportunity for Academic Recovery or SOAR, were offered for the fifth year in a row.

Math Camp

Sixty-nine incoming freshmen attended this year’s Math Camp, a three-week boot camp to help students prepare for math-intensive majors.

Eligible students are invited to participate in the optional program, which provides a thorough review of concepts from MATH 119 College Algebra and MATH130 Precalculus I—two important prerequisites for math-intensive majors and those requiring specific math skills.

“We had a 93 percent attendance rate for lecture, with a majority of our students attending 100 percent of the class,” said Jessica Osborne, assistant director of the Student Success Center.

With this intensive study, 53 percent of participants scored well enough on the final test to be placed into more advanced courses. The others began the semester better equipped for the challenges of college algebra.


This summer, 23 eligible students who had been academically dismissedfrom the university attended SOAR, giving them the opportunity to remain at UT upon successful completion of the program’s requirements.

Selected students are invited to this second-chance program, which includestaking summer classes, participating in onlinesuccess modules,meeting weekly with an academic coach,and spending at least 10 hours a week outside class in structured study or tutoring.

Of this year’s 23students, 19 completed the program and remain at UT, with five of those restored to good standing.

By honing their study skills and learning about campus resources, these students now have the assistance they need to help them get back on track.

SOAR is part of the university’s continuing efforts to ensure student success and boost retention.