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Mass. Colleges To Require 4 Years Of Math

The state Board of Higher Education has approved a new four-year mathematics requirement for all students seeking admission to state colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

The board approved the new requirement during a meeting in Fitchburg on Tuesday.

The current requirement for admission to four-year public colleges and the University of Massachusetts is three years.

The admission requirement will go into effect in 2016 for students entering four-year state colleges and the University of Massachusetts. That means it will begin to impact high school students next year.

The board's chairman, Charles Desmond, said students entering the state's colleges and universities "need to be prepared for a rigorous academic experience."

High school students must take Algebra I and II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework. They also must take math in their senior year.

This program aired on March 22, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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