The aim of the Quantway pathway is to promote success in community college mathematics and to develop quantitatively literate citizens. It is Carnegie’s belief that community college students will have greater motivation to succeed and persist if their mathematics study is engaging, meaningful, relevant and useful.

Our Results

Roughly fifty percent of Quantway 1 students completed their developmental math requirements in a single term.  At these same schools, only 21% of students complete their developmental math requirements in a year. 

Among those entering Quantway 2, 68% earned college level math credit.

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Instructional System

Quantway is an alternate and accelerated pathway that motivates and engages students through an innovative quantitative reasoning focus where students use mathematics and numerical reasoning to make sense of the world around them. Quantway is designed as two courses. Quantway 1 is the first term and fulfills the requirements for students’ developmental mathematics sequence. Quantway 2 is the second term that results in college mathematics credit. View Quantway curriculum materials and sample instructional materials. 

The goal of the Quantway® is to help you learn things that you can actually use in life--not so you can memorize it for a test and then forget it. Students use numerical reasoning for decision making, argumentation and sense making about real-world questions, problems and contexts of personal, social and global importance

Our Members

Currently, the network include representatives from 21 community colleges in ten states. Hear what our students are saying about the impact of the Pathways on their lives.

See the full list of current participating institutions.


Resource Spotlight

Quantway Course Materials

A collection of reference and curriculum materials that provides an overview of the Quantway initiative.

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Student Voices from Statway and Quantway

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Students from Quantway and Statway discuss the impact the courses have had on their lives.
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Pathways to Improvement: Using Psychological Strategies to Help College Students Master Developmental Math

pathways to improvement coverElena Silva and Taylor White report about the positive change in student engagement and outcomes due to the Pathways and the productive persistence strategy.

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Productive Persistence: Results and Next Steps

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Jane Muhich and David Yeager present results from the first year of productive persistence implementation at the Pathways National Forum in Santa Cruz, CA. July 23, 2012.
(Running time: 36:20)

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Anthony Bryk: 2012 Pathways National Forum

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"Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments and Embracing the Improvement Challenges Ahead." Anthony Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, addresses the Pathways National Forum in Santa Cruz, CA. July 23, 2012.
(Running time: 1:00:36)

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What We are Learning About Productive Persistence

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Carnegie Foundation Fellow David Yeager presents the latest findings of Carnegie's work in productive persistence to the Quantway Networked Improvement Community Winter Institute. December 10, 2011.
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