Scaling Modern Undergraduate Mathematics
Issue: The NMP is designed for implementation at scale, achieving significant breath and depth of implementation across and within institutions of higher education over five years. Implementing NMP requires coordinated action at multiple levels of state and local education systems.
We are working with mathematics faculty from two-year and four-year institutions and the major mathematics professional associations to create a shared vision for undergraduate mathematics that meets the evolving needs of students, the economy, and our society.
At a national level, this work includes support for aligning mathematics curriculum with students’ programs of study, accelerating and contextualizing developmental coursework, and engaging students through active-learning pedagogy.
We also collaborate with leaders in state agencies, institutional systems, universities, and policymakers to identify and address obstacles to NMP implementation at scale. State and national efforts to support NMP scale up include:
- Director Uri Treisman is part of the leadership team for the initiative A Common Vision for the Undergraduate Mathematics Program in 2025 [pdf, 115KB], which seeks to develop a shared vision within the mathematical sciences community of the need to modernize the undergraduate mathematics program, especially in the first two years.
- Cullinane, J. (2013). Three Big Ideas for Designing Innovations to Work at Scale: The New Mathways Project is Designing Innovations and Initiatives for Scale from the Get Go. Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Big Ideas for Scaling the New Mathways Project: Video from the Achieving the Dream 2013 annual conference and subsequent article featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
State Mathematics Task Force Resources:
The Dana Center has developed a process and structure to engage mathematics faculty to create a statewide agenda for improving student success in undergraduate mathematics. Georgia and Ohio are among the first states using the Center’s task force model.
In Fall 2014, the Dana Center and Complete College America initiated the Building Mathematics Pathways into Programs of Study project. Through this project, the Dana Center facilitated the launch of additional statewide task forces in Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and Nevada, as well as in the Houston region of Texas. We provide tools, resources, and ongoing technical assistance for the task forces.
- NMP State-Level Mobilization: An overview on how the Dana Center works with states in their efforts to implement mathematics pathways. [pdf, 399KB]
- Momentum for Improving Undergraduate Mathematics: Progress from State Mathematics Task Forces: A report that summarizes the recommendations across the six states and from similar work in Georgia and Washington. [pdf, 680KB]
- University System of Georgia: Transforming College Mathematics (July 2013) [pdf, 326KB]
- Rethinking Postsecondary Mathematics: Final Report from the Ohio Mathematics Steering Committee (March 2014) [pdf, 526KB]
- Nevada System of Higher Education Report and Recommendations of the Task Force on Gateway Mathematics Success [pdf, 2.6MB]
- Report of the Houston Mathematics Pathways Task Force Report (June 2015) [pdf, 266KB]
- Report and Recommendations of the Montana Math Pathways Task Force (October 2015 Report) [pdf, 544KB]
- Colorado Math Pathways Task Force: Report and Recommendations [pdf, 1.1MB]
- Indiana’s Math Pathways Recommendations Report [pdf, 1.9MB]
Modernizing Mathematics Resources:
- A Call To Action to Improve Math Placement Policies and Processes: A brief outlining six recommendations for increasing success rates for students entering STEM-related programs of study.
- Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE Math) is a national working group that aims to effect constructive change in mathematics education at community colleges, four-year colleges, and research universities. Dana Center director Uri Treisman helps lead this initiative.
- Core Principles for Transforming Remediation within a Comprehensive Student Success Strategy: A policy and practice blueprint for serving students who seek better lives through higher education but who may also benefit from support to succeed. Watch Uri Treisman and Rebecca Goosen discussing the Core Principles in A Conversation about the Developmental Education Joint Statement.
Modernizing Mathematics Pathways at Texas Universities: Insights from the New Mathways Project Transfer Champions is a case study that outlines recommendations for effective implementation of multiple math pathways for four-year institutions and their community college partners.
Executive Summary [pdf, 82KB]
Full Report [pdf, 632KB]
Mathematics Pathway Evaluation Resources:
- New Mathways Project evaluation and research.
- Curricular Redesign and Gatekeeper Completion: A Multi-College Evaluation of the California Acceleration Project (April 2014) [pdf, 1.96MB]: An evaluation report from the RP group examining accelerated statistics pathways.
- Community College Pathways: 2012-2013 Descriptive Report [pdf, 610KB]: A summary of outcome data from the Statway and Quantway initiatives of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.