Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP), a project of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, launched in 2011 as an effort to improve students’ outcomes in their early math courses. The early version of DCMP diversified developmental and college-level math course content into distinct pathways that better aligned with students’ career interests and streamlined the developmental math sequence into a one-semester developmental course. The model also included evidence-based curricula and pedagogy to engage students in active problem-solving, drawing on real-life situations.
CAPR began studying DCMP in 2014, evaluating its impacts on student success through a randomized controlled trial at four Texas community colleges and examining the program costs. Early findings, including cost findings, were released in 2019.
This brief is part of a follow-up study that reports on longer-term student outcomes and provides additional cost data analysis from the five years of follow-up research. It also compares costs to cumulative academic outcomes, providing estimates of cost effectiveness. A supplement to the brief breaks down the costs into categories.
The incremental cost of this early version of DCMP over five years was $790 per student when compared with status quo programing. The difference in cost per college credit earned between the program and status quo groups is minimal. For long-term outcomes, there is no confirmed difference in the cost effectiveness between DCMP as it was implemented in this study and the status quo.