Texas was the first state to collaborate with the Dana Center on the ambitious goal of implementing mathematics pathways as a statewide effort. This bold initiative helped build national awareness of the importance of mathematics pathways to a student success agenda.


The Dana Center Mathematics Pathways model engages strategic collaborators at the state, regional, institutional, and classroom levels to ensure that ALL students in higher education enroll in mathematics pathways that are aligned to students’ programs of study and relevant to their future aspirations. Mathematics pathways are a vehicle enabling students to make timely progress towards degree completion and upward economic mobility.


To help achieve this mission, the Dana Center provides faculty, staff, administrators, and policy representatives with the resources, tools, and services necessary to implement high–quality mathematics pathways in Texas.

To see regional level goals, resources, and DCMP regional coordinator contact information, please select your region.

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  • East
  • North
  • South
  • Southeast
  • West
Austin Community College District
Blinn College
Central Texas College
Panola College
Hill College
Navarro College
Temple College
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University–Central Texas
Texas State Technical College–Waco
Texas State University
The University of Texas at Austin

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Angelina College
Kilgore College
Northeast Texas Community College
Panola College
Paris Junior College
Stephen F. Austin State University
Texarkana College
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Texas A&M University–Texarkana
Texas State Technical College–Marshall
The University of Texas at Tyler
Trinity Valley Community College
Tyler Junior College
University of North Texas

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Cisco College
Collin College
Dallas County Community College District
Grayson College
Midwestern State University
North Central Texas College
Ranger College
Tarleton State University
Tarrant County College District
Texas Woman's University
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Dallas
University of North Texas
Vernon College Weatherford College

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Alamo Colleges District
Coastal Bend College
Del Mar College
Laredo Community College
Rio Grande College
South Texas College
Southwest Texas Junior College
Sul Ross State University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University–Kingsville
Texas A&M University–San Antonio
Texas Southmost College
Texas State Technical College–Harlingen
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
University of Houston–Victoria
Victoria College

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Alvin Community College
Brazosport College
College of the Mainland
Galveston College
Houston Community College
Lamar Institute of Technology
Lamar State College–Orange
Lamar State College–Port Arthur
Lamar University
Lee College
Lone Star College System
Prairie View A&M University
Sam Houston State University
San Jacinto College District
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Texas Southern University
Texas State Technical College–Fort Bend
University of Houston
University of Houston–Clear Lake
University of Houston–Downtown
Wharton County Junior College

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Amarillo College
Angelo State University
Clarendon College
El Paso Community College
Frank Phillips College
Howard College
Midland College
Odessa College
South Plains College
Sul Ross State University
Texas Tech University
The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
West Texas A&M University
Western Texas College

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Leading the Way

In 2012, the Charles A. Dana Center launched mathematics pathways work in Texas with the New Mathways Project (NMP), a joint enterprise with the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC). The presidents and chancellors of all the state’s fifty community college systems agreed to support this ambitious undertaking, which called for reform of developmental and gateway mathematics. In 2016, the New Mathways Projects was rechristened the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) to reflect the changing landscape in which mathematics pathways are no longer a "new" or experimental project.



Martha Ellis
Texas is the place where the DCMP was born and fully developed in collaboration with our partners in the state. The DCMP now has an established history of providing extremely effective, experience–based services to Texas colleges and universities of all sizes. Mathematics pathways gives their students more equitable access to highly–effective, rigorous math education. Students are achieving their goals in higher numbers as they complete a math course that prepares them for their future professional and personal lives. We are excited to see the deep and broad implementation of math pathways as these colleges and universities support the success of all students including their most vulnerable student populations.


  • Recognizing Exemplary Pathways Work

  • Co–requisite Implementation Support

  • Scaling the DCMP in East Texas

implementation of mathematics pathways is most effective when efforts are coordinated across institutions while still allowing for local decision making on how the pathways are operationalized. Monitoring depth of implementation of reforms under these conditions is a daunting task, especially when there is not a statewide policy mandate or significant funding for institutions. Collecting information about implementation practices is a further complexity.

The Texas Success Center (TSC) has addressed these challenges related to implementation by highlighting exemplary practices among colleges and motivating continuous improvement. TSC supports Texas community colleges in a variety of ways including evaluating, supporting, and scaling ongoing efforts to improve student success rates.

Download "Motivating Change Across Institutions" (Notes from the Field - Number 8).

With the passage of Texas HB 2223 in Summer 2017, the Dana Center launched an extensive series of technical assistance efforts. HB 2223 mandates that all public higher education institutions in the state use co–requisite models to deliver developmental education. The challenges in designing and implementing new models for course delivery, combined with the aggressive implementation timeline required by the new law, mean that many institutions may struggle to reach compliance. The Dana Center aims to help institutions by offering effective tools and strategies to reach each implementation milestone. Learn more about the Dana Center’s HB 2223 technical assistance efforts.

Through a grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, the Dana Center supports accelerating the impact of the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) in Deep East Texas. College completion rates in this region are far below those of Texas and national figures. Mathematics is a particular challenge for students in Deep East Texas: Currently, 68 percent of high school seniors are not ready for college math, according to the Texas Education Agency. The Dana Center seeks to improve the implementation of the DCMP model and its alignment to the K–12 sector, with the goal of increasing the number of students graduating from high school ready for college math and improving their college success.

Institutional Action in Texas: Key Resources

The commitment between the Dana Center and TACC to support higher education institutions with the implementation of multiple mathematics pathways in Texas opened the door for systemic change across multiple levels of the system (e.g., state, institution, classroom).

In 2013, nine community colleges began working closely with the Dana Center as active collaborators on the implementation of the DCMP model. As of 2016, support for the implementation of the DCMP model has grown to include all fifty Texas community colleges and many Texas universities. The Dana Center developed tools and resources to help institutions make informed decisions about implementation of the DCMP model based on their local needs.

Below are key Dana Center resources for Texas institutions:

For further information, explore the institutional implementation process, its steps, and recommended resources at Take Action - Institutional Level.

Watch "Implementing the DCMP at Temple College: A Case Study of Intra–Institutional Scale in Action" to hear different perspectives of math pathways implementation across multiple levels of an institution.

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Transfer Resources

Due to Texas’ vast size and number of public two–year and four–year institutions, achieving full–scale implementation of mathematics pathways depends on coordinated action at many levels of the system. Specifically, coordinated action is necessary to support transfer students across sectors of education (e.g., universities, colleges). The Dana Center’s tools and resources can assist institutions with transfer and applicability.

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Richard Rhodes
“Community colleges in Texas are committed to providing rigorous and relevant mathematics for our students’ success. To meet this challenge requires innovative solutions through collaborative strategic partnerships with our school districts, universities, legislature, and philanthropic partners. With the guidance and support of the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways, these ambitious dreams will be achieved.”
President/CEO, Austin Community College District

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.