Name |
Title |
Institution |

Narayan Thapa | Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics | Cameron University |

Leslie Bain | Mathematics Instructor | Carl Albert College |

Susan Kirk | Mathematics Instructor | Connors State College |

- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

- Rachel Bates, Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

- Greg Boyd, Department Chair for Mathematics, Murray State College
- William "Bus" Jaco, Professor of Mathematics and Department Head, Oklahoma State University
- Mike Oehrtman, Professor of Mathematics, Oklahoma State University
- Cassie Firth, Mathematics Division Chair and Instructor, Northern Oklahoma College/OSU Gateway
- Deborah Moore-Russo, Director of First Year Mathematics, University of Oklahoma

- Sandy Gilpin, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fort Lewis College

Rachel Bates, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships

(405) 225-9168

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Oklahoma Math Pathways Task Force Members

Name |
Title |
Institution |

Narayan Thapa | Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics | Cameron University |

Leslie Bain | Mathematics Instructor | Carl Albert College |

Susan Kirk | Mathematics Instructor | Connors State College |

**Math Task Force Members**

Name |
Title |
Institution |

Andrew Wells | Assistant Professor of Mathematics | East Central University |

Phillip Hawthorne | Mathematics Professor | Eastern Oklahoma State College |

Anthony Hill | Mathematics Instructor | Langston University |

Steve Dixon | Mathematics Instructor | Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College |

Darryl Linde | Mathematics Professor | Northeastern State University |

Tim Maharry | Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science | Northwestern Oklahoma State University |

Chris Oehrlein | Mathematics Professor | Oklahoma City Community College |

Sarah Green | Assistant Professor, Developmental Studies | Oklahoma Panhandle State University |

Rob Bennett | Tutorial Center | Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology |

DeNara Hill | Division Head, Division of Initial College Studies | Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City |

Andrea Xeriland | Professor and Mathematics Coordinator, Engineering and Science Division | Rose State College |

Larry Elzo | Instructor | Rogers State University |

Linda Goeller | STEM Division Chair; Associate Professor of Mathematics; Coordinator of Assessment | Seminole State College |

Charles Matthews | Chair of Mathematics | Southeastern Oklahoma State University |

Michael Doughtery | Department Chair, Mathematics | Southeastern Oklahoma State University |

Lance Phillips | Associate Professor of Developmental Mathematics | Tulsa Community College |

Neil Metz | Assistant Professor, Department of Economics | University of Central Oklahoma |

Krista Maxson | Vice President of Academic Affairs | University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma |

Nicole Keenum | Mathematics Faculty | Western Oklahoma State College |

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) established the Math Pathways Task Force, comprising mathematics faculty from each of the 27 public universities and community colleges, and charged this group to:

- Develop recommendations for creation and implementation of statewide math pathways to achieve task force goals.
- Coordinate with national and other state efforts to improve mathematics success for all students.

In February 2017, the Task Force published its report -- * Math Pathways Task Force Recommendationsview full resourceDownloadFile* -- which identified five key recommendations, alongside next steps, committed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of remedial and gateway mathematics courses. These five recommendations include:

- Establish statewide college meta-majors and corresponding math pathways, ensuring transferability across institutions.
- Increase student engagement and teaching of applications in gateway math classes.
- Increase support for academic success in gateway math classes.
- Provide professional development and resources for faculty and advisors.
- Improve student preparation, including efforts in K-12 education and remediation reform.

In Fall 2017, **12 two-year institutions** and **15 four-year institutions** committed to implement mathematics pathways in Fall 2018. See *Summary of Institutional Commitments for Oklahoma*view full resourceDownloadFile for more information about who committed and institutional expectations to implement mathematics pathways.

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have identified college completion as their No. 1 goal and are working to increase the number of degrees and certificates earned in Oklahoma by an average of 1,700 per year, resulting in a 67 percent increase by 2023.

Students who are struggling in mathematics can often find academic support in the form of one-on-one tutoring and drop-in help labs, which are commonplace at both two-year and four-year institutions. These supports provide personalized interventions and often play a key role in helping students succeed in gateway mathematics courses. Identifying effective practices in these types of student services, however, is a challenge that many institutions face.

Across the nation, institutions are implementing one–semester co–requisite models, which refer to the practice of placing students directly into college–level courses regardless of preparation, and providing them with supports for just-in-time instruction. A two–year institution in Oklahoma — Tulsa Community College — combined its institutional initiatives in order to quickly and effectively implement and scale co–requisite supports across its campuses to support underprepared students in completing their first college–level coursework.

State Level Organizations

- Oklahoma Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges
- Oklahoma-Arkansas Mathematical Association of America
- Oklahoma Association for Developmental Education
- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
- Oklahoma State Department of Education
- Oklahoma Academic Advising Association
- Oklahoma Association for Institutional Research

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Pathways to Success

“The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education embraced an ambitious goal to increase the number of students who complete college degrees. Lack of success in mathematics has been a significant and persistent barrier to student success. By joining Mathematics Pathways to Completion, tens of thousands of new freshmen each year will benefit from what the faculty learn at the Dana Center.”

Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships,

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

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.