Missouri

Lead Agency: 

  • Missouri Department of Higher Education

In 2012, House Bill 1042, also known as Principles of Best Practice in Remedial Education, was signed into law, requiring all Missouri public institutions of higher education to “replicate best practices in remedial education.” Pursuant to this mandate, one best practice identified by the Missouri Department of Education (MDHE) and the Task Force on College and Career Readiness (TCCR) was the alignment of gateway mathematics courses to programs of study. In October 2014, the Missouri Math Pathways Task Force was organized, after Missouri was selected as one of six states to engage with Complete College America and the Charles A. Dana Center for the Building Math Pathways to Programs of Study (BMPPS) initiative. 

The state was also selected to continue its math pathways work as part of the Dana Center's Mathematics Pathways to Completion project, which launched in late 2015. Through this project, Missouri continues to work towards full implementation of its task force recommendations. 

Math Task Force Facilitator: 

  • Rusty Monhollon, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs, Missouri Department of Higher Education
  • Erik Anderson, Research Associate for Academic Affairs, Missouri Department of Higher Education

Math Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Tammy Randolph, Department Chair & Professor of Mathematics, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Donna Kessler, Mathematics Instructor, Moberly Area Community College

MPC Consultant: 

  • Linda Welsh, Educational Consultant and Adjunct Professor in the Community College Leadership program, Roueche Graduate Center, National American University

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Missouri Math Pathways Task Force
Name Title Institution
Nakhle Asmar Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics University of Missouri - Columbia
Trish White Lead Mathematics Instructor Ozarks Technical Community College
Briehan Barron Mathematics Faculty State Technical College of Missouri

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Name Title Institution
JD Herdlick Mathematics Instructor East Central College
William O. Bray Chair of Mathematics Department Missouri State University
Rich Christianson Professor of Mathematics St. Charles Community College
Shahla Peterman Teaching Professor University of Missouri–St. Louis
Jonathan Corbett Associate Professor of Mathematics Harris-Stowe State University
Mark Eriksson Mathematics Faculty Three Rivers Community College
David Garth Professor of Mathematics Truman State University
Kim Granger Professor of Mathematics St. Louis Community College
Jennifer Hegeman Associate Professor of Mathematics Missouri Western State University
Kevin Hopkins Mathematics Chair Southwest Baptist University
Cheryl Ingram Chair of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Division Crowder College
Kerry Johnson Chair of Mathematics Department Missouri Southern State University
Stephanie Van Rhein Lecturer University of Missouri–Kansas City
Lauren Kieschnick Mathematics Faculty Mineral Area College
Phoebe McLaughlin Professor of Statistics and Mathematics University of Central Missouri
Kimberly Miller Chair of Mathematics Division State Fair Community College
Bill Morgan Mathematics Faculty Metropolitan Community College
Michael Orf Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Missouri State University West Plains
Jerry Priddy Professor of Mathematics Central Methodist University
Skyler Ross Associate Professor of Mathematics Jefferson College
V.A. Samaranayake Curator’s Teaching Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and Director of Graduate Studies Missouri University of Science and Technology
Kaitlyn Schwartze Instructor of Mathematics Lincoln University
Suzanne Tourville Professor of Computer and Math Sciences Columbia College
Chip Sharp Director of Mathematics Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Csilla Tasi Mathematics Instructot Northwest Missouri State University
Tracy Welch Mathematics Faculty North Central Missouri College
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Formal Charge

Formal Charge

The Missouri Math Pathways Task Force (MMPT) was charged to explore options and make recommendations that would significantly increase the percentage of students completing degree programs and student success rates in gateway mathematics courses without compromising the integrity of mathematics instruction. Also, the task force considered the effectiveness of college algebra and other entry-level college courses to evaluate how seamlessly existing mathematics courses transfer between institutions.

Through faculty-driven discussions from math faculty at all public institutions, MMPT issued its task force report,  Report of the Missouri Mathematics Pathways Task Force on Building Math Pathways into Programs of Study, in June 2015view full resourceDownloadFile.

  • Recommendation 1.1: Revise the CBHE [Coordinating Board of Higher Education] policy regarding prerequisite courses for entry-level general education mathematics courses so that the prerequisite course for each college-level course is appropriate.
  • Recommendation 1.2: Establish statewide articulation agreements (while respecting the autonomy of each institution) for the alternative pathway mathematics courses that meet the general education mathematics requirements and their prerequisite courses.
  • Recommendation 2.1: Institutions should align the process of placing students in credit-bearing courses with alternative pathway courses.
  • Recommendation 2.2: The K–12 and higher education sectors should collaborate to align high school mathematics courses with entry college-level mathematics courses.
  • Recommendation 2.3: Create college-level mathematics courses that serve as alternatives to the College Algebra course and that are aligned to targeted programs of study.
  • Recommendation 2.4: Identify prerequisites for alternative college-level mathematics courses that are aligned to targeted programs of study.
  • Recommendation 3.1: Hold a second Mathematics Summit to disseminate information and policy recommendations regarding the work of the MMPT.
  • Recommendation 3.2: Develop a process for the collection and analysis of data regarding the success of alternative courses.

In Fall 2017, 11 two-year institutions and 9 four-year institutions committed to implement mathematics pathways in Fall 2018. See   Summary of Institutional Commitments for Missouriview full resourceDownloadFile for more information about who committed and institutional expectations to implement mathematics pathways.

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Rusty Monhollon
Pathways to Success
"What is most exciting is the opportunity MPC provides for a radical reconceptualization of mathematics education in Missouri. Math educators across the whole education continuum are eager for the opportunity to rethink both what they teach and how they teach it. We believe this work will significantly increase student success rates in mathematics gateway courses, enhance the quality and integrity of mathematics instruction, and ultimately result in increased degree completion."
Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs,
Missouri Department of Higher Education

Our Work at the State Level

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