Teachers College, Columbia University

Developing Statewide Policy to Scale a Mathematics Pathways Initiative for Equitable Student Outcome

Date and Time: August 07, 2019 4:15 p.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Boston, MA
Venue: The Westin Boston Waterfront

The value of higher education rests on student graduation, but a growing body of evidence identifies mathematics requirements as a primary barrier to degree completion and equitable outcomes for millions of students. Mathematics pathways are an effective structural solution to address these issues, focusing on low persistence and high failure rates in developmental and introductory college-level mathematics. In this session, a research analyst from the Dana Center, the director of academic policy & student success from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and a research assistant from the Community College Research Center described how they are supporting and researching the process of implementing pathways, not just within institutions or higher education systems, but across entire states. Presenters discussed empirical findings on institution- and state-level conditions necessary to scale math pathways, challenges that emerge, and how stakeholders are navigating those challenges.

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Jennifer Dorsey
Senior Evaluation Analyst
The Charles A. Dana Center
Adnan Moussa
Senior Research Assistant
Elena Quiroz-Livanis
Chief of Staff, Director of Academic Policy & Student Success
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

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