Traditional algebra- and calculus-based mathematics sequences are no longer considered the best route for all students, and enrollments in statistics and quantitative reasoning courses are on the rise. Institutions that offer multiple math pathways provide students the opportunity to complete relevant and challenging math course sequences that emphasize quantitative reasoning for fine arts and liberal arts majors, statistical reasoning for social science majors, and algebraic reasoning for STEM majors.
Focusing on this topic, the Dana Center just released a case study, Modernizing Mathematics Pathways at Texas Universities: Insights from the New Mathways Project Transfer Champions [pdf, 632KB], that describes the evolution of multiple mathematics pathways and the change process enacted by seven pioneering universities. Authors Richard Kazis and Jenna Cullinane present the experiences and recommendations of these Transfer Champion universities, and proffer implementation advice for other four-year institutions and their community college partners to improve undergraduate mathematics programs.
These recommendations for effective implementation of multiple math pathways may help mobilize and inform similar change processes at institutions. By modernizing mathematics pathways in response to the changing needs of students, employers, and society at large, universities and colleges will help their students benefit from a more coherent and aligned system of undergraduate mathematics pathways.