The mission of the Colorado Math Pathways Task Force was to:
- Convene math faculty leaders to decide how well gateway math courses are aligned with programs of study;
- Draft a public statement on the importance of better alignment of gateway math courses with programs of study;
- Identify and/or suggest alternative gateway math courses that are rigorous and of quality in content and competencies, and that are more appropriately aligned with the math skills students need to succeed in their programs of study; and
- Work with representatives from academic disciplines and advisors to review math requirements and consider alternative courses to college algebra for majors that do not ultimately require calculus.
In November 2015, the task force published its state-level recommendationsview full resourceDownloadFile, which have been endorsed by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the state General Education Council. These recommendations were grouped into four themes:
- Support and Professional Development
In March 2016, the Colorado Math Pathways Conference brought together math and client discipline chairs and appropriate senior faculty to discuss how the recommendations could be implemented at their institutions. Colorado also modified placement policy to allow for differentiated placement based on pathway and revised the mathematics requirements in statewide articulation agreements for five programs.