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Six states gathered together in Fall 2018 to discuss progress and continuous improvement for mathematics pathways as a part of the Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) project. This 13–minute video walks through the 3 essential elements of telling your story related to mathematics pathways in an effective and memorable way.
Level:
State, Institution
Process Stage:
Planning, Implementing, Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department
Six states gathered together in Fall 2018 to discuss progress and continuous improvement for mathematics pathways as a part of the Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) project. This 13–minute video walks through the 3 essential elements of telling your story related to mathematics pathways in an effective and memorable way.
Level:
State, Institution, Classroom
Process Stage:
Planning, Implementing, Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department
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The Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

A final galvanization of the common themes and collective thinking on curricular guidelines by thought leaders in the mathematical sciences community. This final report on a modern vision for undergraduate programs aims to capitalize on the opportunity to identify commonality and respond to influential reports from the National Research Council's (2013) and President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (2012) on the collective challenges to maintain a viable workforce in the US.
Process Stage:
Getting Started
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department
The 2018 American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) standards guide lays out recommendations for impacting mathematical prowess, and improving mathematics education in the first two years of college. This guide builds on the content of, "Crossroads in Mathematics," and "Beyond Crossroads: Implementing Mathematics Standards in the First two years of College." As a part of this work, AMATYC outlines four pillars as key themes:

• Proficiency: Developing Students' Mathematical Knowledge
• Ownership: Taking Responsibility and Showing Initiative
• Engagement: Developing Intellectual Curiosity and Motivation in Learning Mathematics
• Student Success: Stimulating Student Achievement in Mathematics

Finally, this guide serves as a resource for professional growth, and as a framework to make significant changes at the individual, departmental, and college level.
Level:
Institution, Classroom
Process Stage:
Planning, Implementing, Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department, Researchers
This Dana Center resource provides an overview of efforts to implement multiple math pathways at scale in American higher education. It focuses special attention on the structural and policy dimensions of ensuring that new gateway mathematics course sequences become standard institutional course offerings. These include:

• Transfer and applicability across institutions;
• Alignment of mathematics pathways within institutions;
• Appropriate placement into gateway course and support structures.

Level:
State, Institution
Process Stage:
Implementing, Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department
The Texas Success Center (TSC) collects statewide data to document progress Texas colleges are making in implementing the four principles of the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways Model (DCMP).

This 4th annual TSC survey was designed to record progress toward high standards during DCMP implementation. Results of this survey were evaluated for recognition, and announced during a Texas Pathways Institute in November 2018.
Level:
State, Institution
Process Stage:
Implementing, Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department, Researchers
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When the focus for entry-level mathematics shifted, over a decade ago, from access to success, it catalyzed demand for accelerated multiple mathematics pathways alongside the algebraic-intensive pathway. Subsequent successes have been exciting, showing more than three times the success rates for students in one third of the time for some programs. With these startling increases came a widespread concern about maintaining rigor within the discipline.

In response to this concern, the Charles A. Dana Center engaged in a study of the meaning and intention of rigor in mathematics education. This paper first explores the meaning of rigor in mathematics education through a synthesis of interviews with leading mathematicians and educators, and presents a review of the literature in higher education and K–12. It concludes by offering recommendations for a shared definition of rigor and its implications for curriculum and instruction.
Level:
Classroom
Role:
Policy, Math Department, Partner Disciplines, Advisors and Coordinators, Researchers
Most state– and system–level policies and practices support the transferability of credits, but do not account for the applicability of those credits to a student’s program of study. Even when students are able to transfer credits, those credits might not count toward their desired majors, which can lead to wasted time, increased costs for both students and the state, and students dropping out of college altogether. Efforts to remedy these problems are most effective when enabled by a well-considered policy environment which, in turn, is informed by data.

In Washington, substantive steps have been taken to address this issue with a data-driven process.
Level:
State
Process Stage:
Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Partner Disciplines, Advisors and Coordinators, Researchers
This 2018 report provides an update of the current state efforts and progress towards increased student persistence and success as a result of implementing multiple mathematics pathways. This report specifically explores examples of innovative approaches to drafting and implementing task force recommendations from thirteen states working in collaboration with the Dana Center. Furthermore, this report provides a synopsis of key focus areas of state-level task force recommendations and concrete examples of customized state-level supports for the sustainability and scale math pathways.
Level:
State, Institution
Process Stage:
Implementing, Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department
Mathematics pathways are a promising approach for improving student outcomes, but if implementation happens one college at a time and without statewide policy support, the potential for scaling is diminished. This report describes the structure of the Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) project and the supports that the Dana Center is offering to participating states. In addition, drawing on 33 semi-structured interviews with mathematics faculty, state-level leaders, and technical assistance providers across the six states, this report identified five critical dimensions of scaling mathematics pathways statewide, including: attention to transferability and applicability; leadership from across two- and four-year sectors; strong mechanisms for gaining consensus on student learning outcomes; engagement of non-mathematics stakeholders; and coordination with related initiatives.
Level:
State
Process Stage:
Getting Started, Planning, Implementing, Continuously Improving
Role:
Policy, Institutional Leadership, Math Department