New Mathways Project partnership generates a buzz

Posted on May 24, 2012

The Dana Center–Texas Association of Community Colleges partnership to develop and implement the New Mathways Project at all 50 of Texas's independent community colleges is garnering attention across the state and beyond.

Since the partnership was announced on May 9, it has been reported by media across the state, and education and business leaders have spoken up in support.

The Texas Tribune posted a lengthy article about the project on May 9, reporting that "the announcement of the project has drawn praise from the state's higher education policy leaders, including state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who chair their chambers' respective higher-ed committees."

In the May 21 article "TCC [Tarrant County College] looks to solve the problem of math readiness," the Fort Worth Star–Telegram reports that "some describe [the New Mathways Project] as a game changer."

Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, issued a statement published in the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch on May 9, praising Pennsylvania and Texas for their efforts to implement recommendations from "Reclaiming the American Dream: A Report from the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges."

Bumphus notes that "Pennsylvania and Texas are in the vanguard of innovative thinking that will help ensure we have a highly educated population, fundamental to our country's economic growth and the achievement of the American dream."

Bill Hammond, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Business, issued a statement published in the The Texas Insider on May 10 congratulating "the TACC colleges and the Dana Center for making this renewed effort to make math a path to success, instead of a path to failure."