Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $250,000 to The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center in support of their project: Increasing Student Success in Entry-Level College Mathematics.
The low success rate of students beginning their postsecondary studies in developmental and gateway mathematics courses is of significant concern. Although developmental education was designed to help underprepared students gain the skills they need for college success, students referred to developmental education are more likely to end up with debt rather than a degree. The Dana Center seeks to impact systems change and policy by articulating high school transition mathematics courses with postsecondary mathematics pathways through regional partnerships.
The Increasing Student Success in Entry-Level College Mathematics project will work at the regional level to address the low success rate of students beginning their postsecondary studies in developmental mathematics courses. The Center seeks to accomplish this by (1) building regional partnerships of community colleges and their feeder school districts, (2) generating existence proofs for transition courses that articulate with the multiple mathematics pathways approach, and (3) producing communication and policy briefs on how to articulate the college prep mathematics course with the multiple mathematics pathways approach. The overall success of this work will be determined by the extent to which more diverse Texas students exit high schools ready to enroll in and successfully complete an entry-level college math course without remediation.