Mathematics

Arizona State sees some early adaptive courseware success

Arizona State has seen some early success implementing adaptive courseware in algebra classes.

Nearly a third of students change major within three years -- math majors the most

Graduates with math degrees fare well on the job market, but a greater share of students leave the major than any other, new federal data show. Are those students making a bad choice?

Michigan State drops college algebra requirement

Students at Michigan State University will no longer have to take college-level algebra, thanks to a revision of the general-education math requirement.

Debate over whether all undergraduates should take mathematics course

Wayne State University drops what has been part of its general-education program for all students, raising the question of which fields are needed by all undergraduates.

Popular lecturer at Berkeley will lose job despite strong record of promoting student success

Why is Berkeley getting rid of a popular mathematics instructor who seems to be achieving more student success than others without dreaded homework or quizzes?

Just how much math, and what kind, is enough for life sciences majors?

'Instrument of torture' or building block of understanding? UCLA and other universities debate how much math, and what kind, is enough for life sciences majors.

California community colleges' cautious experiment with accelerated remediation

Accelerated remediation starts to catch on at California community colleges, but might be slowed down by public university transfer policies.

Stanford professor goes public on attacks over her math education research

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Stanford professor goes public on attacks she has received over her work on mathematics education, and raises the question of the difference between "responsible disagreement and academic bullying."

Improving Math Pathways

Colleges nationwide have been embracing developmental education reforms. A popular reform is math pathways, which places students in math classes that relate to their intended majors and abilities, rather than forcing all students to take the same math courses.

But there's some concern that this could track some students -- especially students of color -- away from more lucrative pathways, like science, technology, engineering and math.

A new report from Just Equations, a project aiming to improving math policies, looks at whether implementing new math pathways strategies can improve math success for students, especially those are traditionally underserved.

The report found that misinformation and self-placement created the most risk for inequity in the process of placing students in math pathways.

Misinformation can hamper students' abilities to choose equitable pathways, and self-placement can often lead students to avoid STEM math pathways due to math anxiety, according to the report.

Colleges can do several things to improve math pathways for students, such as increasing support strategies, like corequisite courses, and providing more support for undecided students to explore major and career options.

Just Equations recommends that colleges offer professional development to counselors and math faculty and extended counseling for students who are undecided on their majors and eliminate structural barriers that can lead to students pursuing lower-level pathways than they should.

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