The Dana Center Mathematics Pathways Model

Systemic change at scale. Co–requisites. Alignment. Student support. Organizational planning. Evidence–based pedagogy and curriculum. These ideas—and more—are the fabric of the DCMP.

Driving Systemic, Sustainable Change

The Charles A. Dana Center believes that systemic and sustainable change is best achieved through a process that is student–centered, faculty–driven, administrator–supported, policy–enabled, and culturally–reinforced. As we work with practitioners and collaborating organizations in the field, we strive to:

  • Empower local leaders.
  • Honor past work and build upon the knowledge gained from that work.
  • Establish respectful structures and processes to engage people across systems, two– and four–year and K–12 sectors, and stakeholder groups.


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A Systemic Approach

The ability to impact all students at scale requires coordinated efforts across multiple levels of the system: national, state, institutional, and classroom. Early experimentation at the local level surfaces new ideas that inform and influence higher levels of the system, and lead to changes in structures and policies that enable broad, large–scale action. This, in turn, promotes ongoing implementation and innovation at the local level.

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Change at scale requires work at multiple levels of the system.

In addition to working with people at all levels of the system, we work across stakeholder groups, including those in policy, administrators, mathematics faculty, client discipline faculty, advisors, institutional researchers, student support staff, and others. We also work across sectors of higher education and K–12.

Our Strategy

The Dana Center works nationally to mobilize the field of higher education around mathematics pathways. This thought leadership builds momentum for state and local work, which the Dana Center organizes around a robust set of tools and services.