Lead Agency: 

  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education

In 2014, Indiana joined five other states in a two-year initiative, Building Mathematics Pathways to Programs of Study (BMPPS), with Complete College America and the Charles A. Dana Center to build math pathways in order to dramatically increase the percentage of students who pass gateway math courses and enter programs of study within one academic year.

Math Task Force Facilitators:

  • Sarah Ancel, Associate Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Policy, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
  • Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Math Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Carrie McCammon, Associate Professor and Program Chair, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jeff Watt, Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Outreach, Dean's Office, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Math Task Force Members:
Name Title Institution
Dennis Groth Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Indiana University Bloomington
Rick Kribs Associate Professor of Mathematics Vincennes University
Kathy Rodgers Professor of Mathematics University of Southern Indiana
Elizabeth "Liz" Brown Professor and Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science Indiana State University
Sharon Calhoon Associate Professor of Psychology; Assistant Vice President for Regional Affairs and University Academic Planning; Director of Institutional Research Indiana University Kokomo
Catherine Murphy Professor and Head of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics Department Purdue University Northwest–Calumet
Kenneth Holford Dean of the College of Science at Purdue North Central Purdue University Northwest–North Central
James Hersberger Professor and Associate Chair of Department of Mathematical Sciences Indiana University– Purdue University Fort Wayne
Sheryl Stump Professor of Mathematical Sciences Ball State University
Formal Charge

Formal Charge

Indiana’s Math Innovation Council was charged with publishing and implementing recommendations for differentiated, program-aligned mathematics in support of student success. In order to meet this charge, the council identified four questions to guide its work:

  1. How can we increase success rates in gateway courses without compromising the integrity of mathematics?
  2. How can we best align mathematics requirements to give students competency in the kinds of mathematical tasks that will be required for their career success?
  3. What additional courses need to be developed in Indiana to accomplish goals (1) and (2)?
  4. How might program requirements be enhanced to help accomplish goals (1) and (2)?

Through faculty-driven discussions from math faculty at all public institutions, the council answered the guiding questions and published the following recommendations in its  task force reportview full resourceDownloadFile.

“The Council recommended that institutions offer a quantitative reasoning course, drawing from a common framework, and make that the default math course for most non-STEM majors. It further recommended that the default gateway course for STEM majors should be calculus, reserving algebraic content for student [sic] unprepared for calculus" (Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 2015).

Since Fall 2014, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution, has implemented accelerated math pathways through one-semester corequisite remediation. This effort, supported by Complete College America and documented in the report Corequisite Remediation: Spanning the Divide, has resulted in a dramatic improvement in student success rates, increasing from 29% to 64% of students completing their gateway math course.


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.-