A "game-changing" approach to developmental mathematics was unveiled on May 9, in a partnership between the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Charles A. Dana Center at UT–Austin. In an push to improve the success of students who need developmental math, the program will feature three pathways for students, instead of one devoted solely to algebra.
It's called the New Mathways Project.
The new approach will create choices that allow for fields in mathematics to better align with students’ desired degrees or careers. "By 2016, they hope to have fully developed and implemented three math tracks: statistics, quantitative literacy, and STEM—science, technology, engineering and math," as reported in the Texas Tribune by Reeve Hamilton.
From the Tribune piece:
“We view NMP as a game-changer with the potential to dramatically improve student success in college and in the workforce,” said Bill Holda, the president of Kilgore College and the current chairman of TACC.
Those involved hope the new math options result in a higher rate of degree completion and a better-prepared workforce. And [Steve] Johnson [of TACC] insisted that the new pathways would not sacrifice rigor.
Here's the Dana site for details. The site includes access to narrative descriptions of the three pathways. Mathematics instructors at community colleges could be affected significantly by this initiative. Reportedly math faculty members from around the state have been involved in its formulation.
Full implementation of the project will require legislative and Coordinating Board action.