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Math Pathways
The Colorado Department of Higher Education convened a task force of math faculty as part of an overall completion strategy. The result is a set of recommendations by math leaders for creating three clear pathways, statewide reforms in math requirements for many high enrollment academic programs, improved advising strategies, a blueprint for improved professional development, and a commitment to improved communication among institutions on the implementation of Math Pathways. Already, many programs have realigned their math requirements to align with the new Math Pathways.
The Nevada System of Higher Education was facing low gateway math completion rates at public institutions and even lower graduation rates for students who did not complete gateway math in their first year. In response, the system convened math faculty to develop a strategy to improve these outcomes. The group recommended a policy so that the vast majority of students would have the opportunity to complete gateway math courses within their first academic year. The system adopted the recommended policy shortly thereafter.
Ohio adopted a remediation-free standard that set in motion conversations among math faculty leaders on what math students really need. At the same time, difficulties were surfacing with math courses receiving approval for transfer through the Ohio Transfer Module. Against this backdrop, math faculty convened to create Math Pathways with clear learning outcomes that transfer seamlessly through the Transfer Module. Ohio embraced another of the group’s recommendations, overturning a policy that required Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite for all gateway math courses.