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South Texas

Welcome

Stakeholders in the South Texas region work collectively to create seamless mathematics pathways aligned across institutions for all P–16 learners. Key leaders from regional community colleges and universities serve as a leadership team to work with the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) regional coordinator to address shared issues, and to problem–solve across systems with a goal of improving student completion.

Coordinator

John Brockman
John Brockman
“To paraphrase a popular commercial, ‘I’ve been around a while so I’ve seen a thing or two.’ It appears to me that, with the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways, we are getting on track to help our students complete their math requirements. Actually, we are getting back on track with multiple mathematics pathways. When I started teaching at a community college, we had multiple math pathways. Now with the DCMP, we not only have multiple tracks, but also the tracks have been greatly improved. "

Institutions

  • 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
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • University of Houston−Victoria
  • Victoria College
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Regional Advisory Group
INSTITUTION NAME TITLE
Alamo Colleges District Mary Helen Martinez Director of College & Career Readiness
Coastal Bend College Mark Secord Dean of Academics
Del Mar College Phillip Vucins Instructor, Department of Mathematics
Laredo Community College Marisela Rodriguez Dean of Arts and Sciences
South Texas College Mario Morin Department Chair, Mathematics
Southwest Texas Junior College Mark Underwood Vice President, Academic Affairs
Texas A&M International University Kevin Lindberg Associate Professor
Texas A&M University–Kingsville Nancy KingSanders Professor
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Virgil Pierce Associate Dean for Student Success in the College of Sciences & Associate Professor of Mathematics
Victoria College Babette Lowe Dean, Division of Academic Support and Student Success
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Goals and Activities

In the 2017–2018 academic year, stakeholders in the South Texas region are focused on achieving the following goals:

  1. Schedule multiple entry–level courses in mathematics;
  2. Adopt degree and program requirements that include the most appropriate courses in mathematics;
  3. Teach mathematics and other courses using the most appropriate pedagogy;
  4. Compare degree requirements and consider recommendations to work toward uniformity, following the work by colleges and universities to match majors and mathematics courses; and
  5. Host meetings to facilitate the implementation of Texas HB 2223.

These draft goals are based on discussions at a March 2017 regional convening in Harlingen, Texas. 

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Highlights from the Region

  • South Texas Regional Convening

  • HB 2223 Training in South Texas

  • Transfer Progress in South Texas

On March 24, 2017, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Dana Center hosted a regional convening in Harlingen, Texas, which invited teams from South Texas colleges and universities. Participants reviewed regional trends in mathematics requirements by programs and majors, discussed transfer and alignment challenges and opportunities, and planned for future work and opportunities for further collaboration.

As a result of this meeting and of changes that were already in motion, a number of universities have made significant changes to their mathematics and majors alignment. In some instances, the universities added MATH 1332 and MATH 1342 to their catalogs, made them core math courses, and also added them to a number of degree plans. As a result, there is increasing agreement among the universities about math courses and majors. 

Selected Resources:

The Dana Center cohosted an initial meeting at Palo Alto College (October 2017) on HB 2223. Once the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board adopted HB 2223, a second meeting was held in Laredo in February 2018. 

A number of the leaders among colleges and universities in the region were aware of co–requisite models, and some colleges were piloting various co–requisite models of their own design. On February 9, 2018, stakeholders from colleges in the region gathered to share stories, learn more about the legislation, and plan for how to move forward in the fall.

Selected Resources:

John Brockman, DCMP regional coordinator for the South Texas region created a 20172018 Transfer Inventory for South or near South Texas institutions based on the larger Dana Center’s Texas Transfer Inventory ( PDFview full resourceDownloadFile/ Excel)view full resourceDownloadFile.

Click here to view the ten South Texas universities and information for popular majors.

Phillip Vucins
"The Dana Center was an invaluable resource to me as I helped to plan for our transition to a co–requisite model for developmental education that includes multiple mathematics pathways for our students."
Instructor, Department of Mathematics, Del Mar College
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Institutional Representatives
INSTITUTION NAME TITLE
Alamo Colleges District Mary Helen Martinez Director of College & Career Readiness
Coastal Bend College Kayla Jones Assistant Dean of Academics
Del Mar College Phillip Vucins Instructor, Department of Mathematics
Laredo Community College Marisela Rodriguez Dean of Arts and Sciences
South Texas College Mario Morin Department Chair, Mathematics
Southwest Texas Junior College Mark Underwood Vice President, Academic Affairs
Texas A&M International University Kevin Lindberg Associate Professor
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Sunil Mathur Assistant to the Dean for Research & Development and Professor of Math
Texas A&M University–Kingsville Shannon Baker Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Texas Southmost College Abraham Jimenez Chair, Department of College Preparatory Studies–Mathematics
University of Houston–Victoria Ricardo Teixeira Director of Math Program & Director of Core Curriculum
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Virgil Pierce Associate Dean for Student Success in the College of Sciences & Associate Professor of Mathematics
Victoria College Babette Lowe Dean, Division of Academic Support and Student Success

 

 

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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.