Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC)

Statewide initiatives play a critical role in creating the conditions that enable colleges and universities to make mathematics pathways a reality. Therefore, the Dana Center’s primary strategy for achieving the goal of serving all students is to support systemic statewide work to implement the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) model at scale.

A Coordinated Effort

The Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) is a major effort to support six states to move from a broad vision for mathematics pathways to institutional implementation of the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) model over three years. The goal is to establish effective mathematics pathways at scale that will dramatically increase student success, modernize entry-level mathematics programs across 2– and 4–year public institutions of higher education, and improve alignment with K­–12 mathematics.

MPC Milestones

  • To better align degree programs and strengthen Non-STEM mathematics pathways, the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) Review Committee issued recommendations to guide higher education institutions as they align Quantitative Literacy/Mathematical Reasoning (ACTS Course MATH1113) coursework to programs of study. In April 2018, the recommendations were formally endorsed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. These recommendations guide Arkansas institutions by outlining a detailed list of fields and programs that should accept Quantitative Literacy/Mathematical Reasoning as the general education mathematics requirement. See the ACTS Review Committee Recommendation Letter for additional details.
  • As of January 2018, 88 higher education institutions across the MPC states committed to implement mathematics pathways by Fall 2018. This monumental milestone highlights the transition of mathematics pathways from state-level to institution-level implementation. See the new Implementation Connectview full resourceDownloadFile that highlights each MPC state’s major milestones in 2017 and its institutional commitments.
  • In January 2018, Massachusetts published task force recommendations for its vision of mathematics pathways. In addition to releasing this report, Massachusetts is actively enacting these recommendations while garnering institutional commitment for math pathways implementation. For information about leadership, task force members, and state-specific resources, refer to each state’s MPC page under Where We Work navigation tab.
  • The new brief, Different State Approaches to Transfer and Applicabilityview full resourceDownloadFile, examines how several MPC states have taken steps to address the issue of transfer and applicability. While each state’s approach to the issue is distinct, all of these strategies can be instructive in better understanding the nuanced policy and planning considerations needed to better serve students.
How the MPC works

How the MPC Works

The Dana Center utilizes a strategy in which individuals from all levels of the system and from different stakeholder groups collaborate in an effective planning and implementation process in three phases.

In Phase 1, faculty leaders from 2- and 4-year institutions work with policy representatives through a state-level math task force to establish a vision for math pathways in that state. This serves to build urgency and motivate change.

Phase 2 is a brief transition period during which the math task force establishes goals for scale, plans for implementation and initiates actions to create the enabling conditions for implementation. Colleges and universities then move towards institutional implementation of math pathways in Phase 3.

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How the Dana Center Supports MPC States

The Dana Center supports each MPC state through direct technical assistance, tools, and resources, including:

  • Consulting: Each state is paired with a dedicated consultant who will support strategic planning and problem solving. The Dana Center also provides access to experts on specific issues as needed.
  • Leadership Development: The Dana Center provides support to individuals overseeing the state-level work.
  • Tools and Resources: The Dana Center supplies a rich set of tools and resources for state leadership, task force members, faculty, administrators, and other higher education staff.
  • Workshops to Support Implementation: Each state will host a small number of workshops to provide technical assistance directly to colleges, such as helping institutions design mathematics pathways and advisor workshops. In some cases, the Dana Center will facilitate these workshops, and in others, the Center will train local facilitators to customize events to the state context.

Each MPC state has a designated lead agency that serves as the hub for the work. Two mathematics faculty co-chairs representing the 2- and 4-year sectors lead the math task force with support from a facilitator at the lead agency.

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Resources for MPC States

The resources below are organized by activities that occur during phases 1-3 of the MPC process. Additional resources for state-, institution-, or classroom-level activity can be found at Take Action.

  • Math Task Force Process

  • Transfer & Applicability

  • Establish Working Groups to Enact Task Force Recommendations

Generous Support

Support for the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways and the Mathematics Pathways to Completion state cohort is provided by the:

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Our Work at the State Level

Select a state to learn more about how local leaders are setting a vision for math pathways or read an analysis of math pathways work across multiple states.