Washington

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

The Dana Center is hosting 4 interactive webinars to engage mathematics faculty from MPC states in real-time conversation about promising practices that help students not only prepare for—but also succeed in—calculus.

Two webinars are offered in Spring 2017 and two in Fall 2017. Webinars are from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm CST.

Webinar Topics

Date

Preparing Students for Calculus: Exploring Current Research

Listen to the event recording

Choosing Content: Balancing Conceptual Understanding with Procedural Fluency

Listen to the event recording

Course Architecture: Active and Cooperative Learning; Noncognitive Factors

September 21, 2017

Keeping It Real: Conversations with the Math Department, Partner Disciplines, and Student Services

October 19, 2017

To sign up for some or all of these webinars, click here.

Download the informational flyer here.

                                                                                                                                                                           

Lead Agency:

  • Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Math Task Force Facilitator:

  • William Moore, Director for K-12 Partnerships and Core to College Alignment, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Math Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Helen Burn, Mathematics Faculty, Highline College
  • Barbara Alvin, Professor and Mathematics Department Chair, Eastern Washington University

MPC Consultant:

  • Jane Sherman, (retired) Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Evaluation, Washington State University

Math Task Force Members

Name Title Institution
Andrea Cahan Mathematics Faculty Everett Community College
Kendra Feinstein Mathematics Faculty Tacoma Community College
Bev Vredevelt Mathematics Faculty Spokane Falls Community College
Rosalie Tepper Director of Math Learning Center Shoreline Community College
Sarah Adams STEM Math Instructional Specialist Big Bend Community College
Patrick Averbeck Department Head Edmonds Community College
Jane Muhich Mathematics Faculty Seattle Central College
Pete Wildman Mathematics Faculty Spokane Falls Community College
Vaughn Foster-Grahler Mathematics Faculty The Evergreen State College
Katherine Lewis Assistant Professor, Mathematics University of Washington
Aaron Montgomery Professor of Mathematics Central Washington University
Chuck Moore Professor and Chair, Mathematics Washington State University
Jessica Cohen Assistant Professor, Mathematics Western Washington University
Jeff Wagnitz Vice President, Academic Affairs Highline College
Ata Karim Vice President, Student Affairs Bellevue College
Peter G. Williams Dean of STEM Clark College
Ed Harri Dean for Instruction Whatcom Community College
Devin DuPree Policy Associate Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Joyce Hammer Director of Transfer Education  Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Julie Garver Director of Policy & Academic Affairs Council of Presidents
Randy Spaulding Director of Academic Affairs & Policy Washington Student Achievement Council
Formal Charge

Formal Charge

The state of Washington has a systemic mathematics policy in place, via articulated math pathways described in the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) as well as a statewide math strategic plan framed around the notion of math pathways. However, three critical problems need to be addressed in order to scale math pathways in the state. In spring 2016, the Washington State Mathematics Pathways Task Force was charged with addressing these problems by:

  • Aligning the content of college-level mathematics courses to educational/career pathways.
  • Creating clear links between precollege mathematics and college-level math pathways.
  • Incorporating valid and reliable placement procedures while giving students access to intentional advising procedures framed around math pathways.

In February 2017, the Task Force published its report --  Washington Math Pathways to Completion Task Forceview full resourceDownloadFile -- which identified five specific recommendations and strategies committed to dramatically improve the success of students in developmental and gateway mathematics courses. These five recommendations include:

  1. Provide students, faculty, and advisors greater clarity and consistency about the math pathways currently available in Washington higher education institutions.
  2. Develop a rationale for math pathways, including evidence for promising models and approaches that accelerate student progress into and through college-level gateway math courses.
  3. Align the content of college-level gateway math courses to the mathematical needs of students’ educational / career pathways; create clear links between precollege math courses and the gateway college math courses; and identify how well prerequisite precollege content prepares students for their required entry-level college math coursework.
  4. Connect to current initiatives and grants in order to best leverage assets.
  5. Provide postsecondary mathematics faculty members with professional development related to teaching in pathways.

Timeline of Activity

  • Planning for Institutional Scaling: ongoing through March 2017
  • Transfer & Applicability working group meeting (April 26, 2017)
  • Designing Math Pathways workshop (fall 2017)
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William Moore
Pathways to Success
“In Washington, we’ve been committed to math pathways for years through different statewide efforts. Through the Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) project, we will make math pathways available at scale by: aligning the content of gateway college-level mathematics courses to specific educational and career pathways; creating clear links between precollege mathematics and college-level math pathways, and improving our placement assessment; and advising processes to help students choose and enter pathways best suited to their academic and career plans.”
Director for K-12 Partnerships & Core to College Alignment,
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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.-