Wright State professor Dan Krane has been named special assistant for completion initiatives by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to help college students make it to graduation by developing new ways to do math remediation.
Krane has also been named chair of the Wright State Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency, whose mission is to deliver on the Board of Trustees’ commitment to provide students with options that enable them to reduce their costs of getting a degree by 5 percent and to meet the State of Ohio’s reporting requirements outlined in the Governor’s Task Force for Affordability and Efficiency.
“Both of these things are about affordability and efficiency for students, but there is also a retention component,” said Krane. “The more we help our students succeed, the more financial support the state gives the institution. We want our students to succeed. We want to figure out where they need help and make their path straighter.”
Krane, who is also chair of the Ohio Faculty Council, will continue to teach biology courses at the university.
At the Ohio Department of Higher Education, formerly the Ohio Board of Regents, Krane is helping implement a grant that supports an effort to encourage universities to develop new ways to do math remediation, especially co-remediation, so students can take credit-bearing courses that count toward their degrees at the same time they are shoring up weaknesses in their math backgrounds.
“Studies have shown that the sooner students perceive that they are taking courses that count toward a degree, the better they do,” said Krane.
As a member of Wright State’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency, Krane is charged with making sure the university is making progress on degree cost reduction.
One way is to reduce all degree programs to 120 credit hours. Many degree programs were changed to 120 credit hours during the university’s conversion from quarter to semesters while Krane was Wright State’s faculty president, but a few are still above that.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us to give our students more affordable options for their degrees,” said Krane.