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Math Instructor Jeff Ford Receives National Honor Roll Recognition

Ford honored for his work on behalf of first-year students.

2014-11-24
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-24-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato mathematics instructor Jeff Ford (pictured at right) is among 91 individuals from across the nation who were recently notified they will be recognized on a national honor roll for their outstanding work on behalf of first-year college students.

Ford was recognized as part of the 2014-15 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates Campaign, co-sponsored by The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition along with Cengage Learning.

Since 2011, Ford has been an instructor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, which is part of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology at the University.

Ford was nominated for the national honor because of his innovative work in positively impacting the success rate of first-year Minnesota State Mankato students in developmental mathematics.

As an advocate for first-year student success, Ford has designed and led efforts that included:

  • One-to-one, customized mathematical support – skills diagnosis that has led to students achieving a pass rate above the national average for developmental math.
  • Skill diagnosis within a five-week Summer Bridge Program to assist high-risk underrepresented students who show promise of success. Students are required to show proficiency in one area, but those who have participated in Ford’s program have consistently exceeded requirements by achieving proficiency in three areas by the end of the program.
  • Leading MavCLASS (Maverick Comprehensive Learner Analytic Support System) – analytics to assist instructors to support students. Using criteria that Ford established, MavCLASS provides teaching assistants with customized alerts for students who need assistance. Remediation/developmental support materials are then made widely available to those students.

Ford graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in geology and in 2011 received a master’s degree in mathematics from Minnesota State Mankato. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in mathematics from Auburn University.

Ford’s name will be listed on an honor roll of advocate nominees invited to be recognized at an awards ceremony taking place during the 34th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Dallas, Texas, from Feb. 7-10.

For more information on Ford’s recognition, please contact Ginger Zierdt, interim assistant vice president for undergraduate education, by phone at 507-389-1333, or by email at ginger.zierdt@mnsu.edu. Jeff Ford can be reached at 507-389-1169 or at jeffrey.ford@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,700 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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