Ohio

Lead Agency: 

  • Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly, the Ohio Board of Regents)

Beginning in early 2013, Ohio’s institutional and state education policy leaders began discussing postsecondary mathematics education, which led to the Ohio Mathematics Summit in May 2013. Following the summit, a steering committee of mathematics experts was charged with developing expectations and processes that resulted in two- and four-year institutions offering mathematics pathways. With that charge, Ohio joined five other states in a two-year initiative, Building Math Pathways to Programs of Study (BMPPS), with Complete College America and the Charles A. Dana Center to build math pathways to dramatically increase the percentage of students who pass gateway math courses and enter programs of study within one academic year.

Math Task Force Facilitator: 

  • Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Articulation and Transfer, Ohio Department of Higher Education

Math Task Force Chair:

  • Joan Leitzel, Professor Emeritus Mathematics, Ohio State University

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Math Task Force Members:

Name

Title

Institution

Linda Chamblin

Associate Professor

Southern State Community College

Paddy Dowling

Professor and Chair

Miami University

Krista Maxson

Mathematics Department Chair

Shawnee State University

Jeff McNeal

Professor of Mathematics

Ohio State University

David Meel

Professor and Assistant Chair, Former Mathematics

Bowling Green State University

Ricardo Moena

Associate Professor

University of Cincinnati

Rodney Null

Professor of Mathematics

Rhodes State College

Carl Stitz

Professor of Mathematics

Lakeland Community College

Andrew Tonge

Professor and Chair

Kent State University

Michelle Younker

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Terra State Community College

Jeff Zeager

Professor of Mathematics

Lorain County Community College

Ex-Officios

Title

Organization

Cathy Chudzinski

Professor and Co-Chair

Terra Community College

Bruce Johnson

President

Inter-University Council of Ohio

Brian Roget

Associate Director, Curriculum and Assessment

Ohio Department of Education

Randy Smith

Vice Provost, Academic Programs and Co-Chair

Ohio State University

Mike Snider

Project Coordinator

Ohio Association of Community Colleges

Ohio Board of Regents

Title

Organization

Michelle Blaney

Administrator, Articulation and Transfer Policy

Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

Stephanie Davidson

Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Ohio Board of Regents

Stephanie McCann

Director, Data Management and Analysis

Ohio Board of Regents

Hideo Tsuchida

Director, Articulation and Transfer Policy

Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

Brett Visger

Deputy Chancellor, Institutional Collaboration

Ohio Board of Regents

Rebecca Watts

Associate Vice Chancellor, P–16 Initiatives

Ohio Board of Regents

Formal Charge

Formal Charge

The Ohio Mathematics Steering Committee identified five “Essential Components” of the work required to meet the charge set by the Ohio Board of Regents:

  1. Develop high quality entry-level courses and pathways connected to coherent programs of study for students majoring in (a) mathematics, (b) other mathematics-intensive majors, and (c) majors that are not mathematics-intensive.
  2. Develop transfer policies and processes that provide for effective transfer of course credits and also encourage course innovation on the campuses.
  3. Support constructive engagement of mathematics chairpersons and faculty within campus communities and across campuses to shape curricular policy, to improve instruction, and to bolster student support and advising.
  4. Develop high quality measures for improving mathematics course offerings and instruction; collect, analyze and share relevant data.
  5. Improve successful transition from high school to college by aligning higher education mathematics content and instruction with K–12 content and practice standards.

Based on these components, the steering committee published recommendations in their  task force reportview full resourceDownloadFile. (Ohio Mathematics Initiatives, 2014).

Joan Leitzel and Luis Casian presented the evolution of the state-level recommendations, including the math task force process and lessons learned, for the Ohio Mathematics Steering Committee in a webinar called A Gateway to College: Rethinking Postsecondary Mathematics hosted by The Opportunity Institute and LearningWorks.

Since publishing the recommendations, Ohio has changed a policy requiring Intermediate Algebra as the metric for college readiness, developed a new definition of college-level content, and established a new Quantitative Reasoning course in its Transfer Module. In April 2016, the state began its move towards institutional implementation when representatives of all 37 public universities and colleges attended a two-day workshop on Designing Math Pathways presented by the Dana Center. The institutional teams drafted goals for scaling pathways at their institutions and created action plans for implementation.

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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.-