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Department of Math News

Kent State Dedicates New Math Emporium

Posted Sep. 19, 2011

Members of the Kent State University community celebrated the opening of the new Kent State Math Emporium on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Math Emporium, a state-of-the-art computerized learning center, is located on the second floor of the University Library and is designed to help students learn math.

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Robert G. Frank, Kent State provost and senior vice president
for academic affairs, cuts the ribbon dedicating the Math
Emporium. Among those helping is Andrew Tonge (far left),
chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Kent State.

“The university has developed a specialized learning experience to equip students with the mathematical knowledge they will need on their path to graduation,” says Robert G. Frank, Kent State provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “The students will learn math by interacting with a team of instructors and the Web-based math software called ALEKS. The Math Emporium promises to make a significant impact on our first-year retention. For some students, it will give them confidence in their math skills to pursue careers that require math, such as nursing and finance.”

At the Math Emporium, students will learn through an innovative, engaging and easy-to-use program designed to help them become comfortable and proficient in basic mathematics. The Math Emporium serves as the classroom for four classes: Basic Algebra 1, 2, 3 and 4. Prior to the beginning of school, students take a placement assessment to determine which math courses they need. Students who need additional math preparation to succeed in college will be matched with the appropriate course of study in the Math Emporium.

“Students will focus on learning exactly what they need to know at their own pace while their instructional team provides individualized coaching,” says Andrew Tonge, chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. “The Math Emporium uses an adaptive software program, ALEKS, to determine what students already know. It then offers each student an individualized choice of paths forward. This enables them to complete the curriculum efficiently by always studying only material they are ready to learn. All students can then manage their study time to focus on actively learning precisely the information they need, with the aid of online help tools and an interactive e-book, together with one-on-one assistance from an instructional team.”

“The Math Emporium’s potential effect on student success is very exciting,” Frank says. “In addition to this Math Emporium on our Kent Campus, we will have similar facilities on our Regional Campuses.”

The Math Emporium features state-of-the-art technology with 247 computer stations in an 11,154-square-foot space. The facility also features bright, vibrant colors and comfortable furniture, making it an attractive and appealing environment.

The Math Emporium is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Students also can access the program from any Web browser.

For more information on the Math Emporium, visit