Five foundations will invest in building pathways to mathematical literacy and statistics mastery for community college students who need to move quickly to college-level math courses.
Nineteen colleges in five states will participate in the first phase with Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Lumina Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Up to 60 percent of community colleges take at least one remedial course. The success rate for remedial math students is very low.
“Developmental mathematics courses become a roadblock to success for our nation’s community college students,” said Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk. “We are wasting precious human potential.”
The goal of the $14 million initiative is to double the percentage of students who move to college-level math in one year.
The Statistics Pathway (Statway) will move developmental math students to and through transferable college statistics in one year. The Mathematical Literacy Pathway (Mathway) will be a new one semester course, replacing elementary and intermediate algebra, followed by completion of a college-level mathematics course.
“A statistics pathway will not only help prepare students for careers in business, information technology, law and many other fields, it offers the quantitative literacy students need to fully participate in civic life,” said Carnegie Corporation’s Michele Cahill.