The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin will help school districts and institutions of higher education in West Texas improve their developmental and gateway math education pathways with a $1,225,158 grant from Greater Texas Foundation.
The Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) is the Center’s approach to ensuring that all students have equitable access to and the opportunity for success in rigorous math pathways aligned with and relevant to their future aspirations, propelling them to upward economic and social mobility. It replaces the single pathway through College Algebra with multiple pathways through statistics, quantitative reasoning, and mathematical modeling and analysis. The Dana Center will provide professional learning experiences to the rural region’s campus leadership and faculty, facilitate policy discussions, develop resources, and foster collaboration among districts to create more viable pathways students can follow to learn math skills relevant to their career goals, complete a credential with labor market value, and secure employment. Project success will be demonstrated by a significant increase in the number of West Texas students who enroll in and complete an entry-level college math course and declare a program of study by the end of their first year.