South Texas College was among nine colleges selected as a Co-Development Partner with the New Mathways Project, led by the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas-Austin, to lead Texas in a redesign of developmental mathematics course offerings that allow students the option to take different math-related course sequences.
The New Mathways Project is a statewide approach to reforming mathematics developmental education that will be implemented at scale across Texas over the next three to five years. The NMP will permit students to take a Statistics-based course sequence, a Quantitative Literacy-based course sequence, or the traditional Algebra-based sequence. The first class offerings at STC will be available in fall 2013.
“It is a great privilege to support the Texas Association of Community Colleges’ efforts to strengthen the mathematics pathways to and through key community college gateway mathematics courses,” said Charles A. Dana Center Executive Director Uri Treisman, who will be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming STC College Readiness Summit in February 2013.
“We look forward to working with our new Co-Development Partners and their faculty to create rich resources for instruction that will prepare their students to complete programs of study that lead to certificates and degrees with labor market value,” added Treisman.
Each of the three pathways will incorporate a co-requisite Student Success course tailored specifically for the project.
As part of STC’s commitment to the project, the college will establish internal Institutional Leadership and Instructional Leadership Teams that will represent STC at State Implementation meetings, where they will assist in the design and establishment of the course curriculum, materials, and program standards.
“For a number of years, South Texas College has been in a state and national leadership role regarding strategies to increase student success,” said STC Vice President for Academic Affairs Juan E. Mejia. “The college was selected because of an institutional commitment to increase access and success for students through the development of multiple pathways to a degree.”
“This statewide approach to identify the appropriate mathematics course or pathway required for a degree will serve our students and communities very well as students pursuing programs of studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, will have the opportunity to enroll in high rigor mathematics courses, while students who may be pursuing degrees in different fields, will be required to complete specialized mathematics courses applicable to the specific programs of study,” he added.
In the second phase of the project, as a Co-Development Partner, STC will serve as a mentor to other colleges.
“The success of students in developmental education will enhance academic course completion and ultimately graduation,” said STC Dean of Bachelor’s Programs and University Relations Ali Esmaeili. “The New Mathways Project will accelerate students out of developmental mathematics and towards completion at STC. This program will help students that are majoring in academic areas, other than science and engineering, to use statistics as a pathway to their academic courses.”