Barbara Lontz.

COLLEGEVILLE PA – A Collegeville resident earned the Montgomery County Community College “2010 Innovation of the Year” Award for a mathematics pilot program she developed and taught, the college announced Wednesday (May 5, 2010).

Barbara Lontz, MCCC’s assistant vice president of academic affairs, was presented with the award for her creation and implementation of a developmental arithmetic and pre-algebra course that helped more students understand specific math concepts.

The college earlier identified a math course, called MAT 010 as a barrier to student success; only 43 percent of students who took it passed it. Lontz reformatted it so students could progress through concepts rather than through topics, and created the course textbook and teaching materials. The pass rate at the college’s West campus in Pottstown, where it was taught for three semesters, climbed to 70 percent.

The award is based on criteria from the national League for Innovation in the Community College. It recognizes faculty and staff who have designed and started significant innovations at their institutions.

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