The New Mathways Project presently works with 50 community college systems and 28 universities in Texas as well as seven other states. A new expansion announced recently will bring the project to five additional states: Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Washington.
Here is the project website.
After the New Mathways Project was implemented in Texas, 23 percent of students enrolled successfully completed a college-credit-bearing math course within one year, compared with the statewide average of 8 percent. Campuses that implemented the program with the highest fidelity to recommendations had 43 percent of students earn college credit in one year, according to the press release.
Leaders and policymakers in the five states will develop state mathematics task forces and work to improve college student success through a new initiative from The University of Texas at Austin’s Charles A. Dana Center. The three-year project is funded by a $2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Charles A. Dana Center will work with mathematics faculty members, administrators and policymakers in the five new states to replicate these successes and develop each state’s mathematics task force.
The task forces will support faculty leadership, set the vision and create the momentum to promote mathematics “pathways” in institutions statewide. The focus of the New Mathways Project is to provide students with math pathways that give them choices among several different courses or course sequences in which they learn rigorous mathematics relevant to their chosen fields of study. The math pathways approach requires shifting from a focus on individual courses toward a focus on full pathways that provide a coherent learning experience.