Many students enter community college underprepared in math and must take multiple semesters of developmental (remedial) classes. Far too few of these students ever in enroll in—let alone pass—an introductory college-level math course. And yet, without those credits, they cannot graduate.
Math pathways, which accelerate developmental math and diversify students’ math course options to align with their career interests, is a popular reform intended to improve student success. This brief provides a preliminary look at the experimental results of one such model, Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP), developed by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Researchers found that program students made strides enrolling in and passing college-level math during their second and third semesters, indicating that the DCMP is helping students reach a critical college milestone.
Full results from the study will be published in 2019. The report will include a full year of quantitative data for all four cohorts; examine colleges’ implementation of the DCMP model; and analyze the cost effectiveness of the program.