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Transition to College Mathematics

Helping seniors graduate college-ready in mathematics

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College-Readiness in Math

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College Ready in Mathematics

All students should graduate high school prepared for college-level math. The Transition to College Mathematics course program can help.

Transition to College Mathematics course materials were authored by the Dana Center to help high school seniors who have not met a college readiness measure achieve college readiness by the end of their senior year. 

More and more institutions of higher education are adopting mathematics pathways that match students’ chosen careers. This course, available to districts through Agile Mind, addresses concepts and skills designed to prepare students for those pathways by improving students’ quantitative, algebraic, and statistical reasoning abilities.


TCM Professional Learning

Registration is now open!
The Transition to College Mathematics (TCM) Virtual Professional Learning session is designed to prepare teachers to implement the Dana Center TCM course materials in their classrooms. In this series of three 2-hour virtual sessions, participants will experience activities from course materials and learn to engage students in the print and online materials. Math instructional leaders at either the campus or district level that will support teachers of the course are also welcome to attend to learn more about the course program. 

Dates: July 26 - 28, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 PM CDT
Cost: $215
Location: Zoom

Register for 2021 TCM Professional Learning here!

Course Information

This Transition to College Mathematics course uses a combination of print and online materials to address topics needed to prepare students for success in any entry-level college mathematics class. The print materials can be accessed digitally from the Agile Mind Learning Management System or can be purchased in book form from the Dana Center.

The Dana Center—Agile Mind approach to instruction deepens students’ commitment to learning, encouraging their persistence in the face of academic challenge.

TCM Course Topics

  • Mathematics Topics

    The Transition to College Mathematics course addresses topics needed to prepare students for success in college mathematics, including:

    • numeracy, with an emphasis on estimation and fluency with large numbers
    • manipulating and evaluating expressions and formulas
    • rates, ratios, and proportions
    • percentages
    • probability
    • linear equations and inequalities
    • linear systems
    • exponential, quadratic, rational, and square root models
    • data interpretations
    • verbal, algebraic, and graphical interpretations of functions
  • Noncognitive Topics

    Integrated within the mathematics content are activities designed to develop noncognitive skills and behaviors predictive of students’ success in college. These skills include perseverance, goal setting, self-regulation, and time management. Specific student success topics in the course include:

    • building effective study groups
    • harnessing brain plasticity
    • creating motivating goals
    • developing metacognitive strategies

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