Welcome to the Pathways Community

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By Rose Asera

Join us in the joyful conspiracy—an unlikely term that describes a far reaching and encompassing community of individuals at all levels who will work together to make major changes in the way that community colleges design and deliver developmental (aka remedial/pre-collegiate) mathematics.

Why a conspiracy? Because it is going to take everyone—faculty, administrators, policy makers, staff, curriculum designers, researchers and students—to change business as usual in developmental education.

And why joyful? Because it will be a delight to see students engaging in mathematics directly related to their educational and career goals. And if we are going to work hard, we had better have some fun as well.

In the last few years there has been increased attention to the issues of developmental/ pre-collegiate education. Nationally and locally there are more initiatives, more policy mandates, and more research critically examining the patterns of student performance and progress. More people acknowledge the vital importance and the inherent challenges in developmental education.

One issue that has clearly surfaced is the length of the developmental sequence: three to four to five math courses retrace the pathway towards calculus that students have taken before. Can we design new pathways, particularly for general education students (who are not pursuing STEM majors), that shorten the time in developmental mathematics and move students to rigorous, relevant math that they will use as they continue as students, in their careers and as they participate as citizens?

We hope that this blog will be the “go-to” place for information about two new pathways —Statway and Quantway—designed so that students go to and through a transfer level non-STEM mathematics course—be it statistics, mathematics for liberal arts, or a redesigned college—in two semesters (one academic year, or in the case of quarters, two academic terms). This will be the place for you to ask questions, contribute ideas, and be part of the community—the conspiracy—building new pathways.

For more information about pathways, please read the primer, Why Pathways? And please tell us who you are and send us your comments, concerns and questions.

Ron Sloan (not verified) on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 8:49am

I just discovered this site today and am delighted by the initiative. I hope to follow these developments closely. Our present approach is not serving our students well. In my opinion, our developmental math situation is our biggest challenge. We should not move on to more sensational projects until this is improved

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