October 2021

Reshaping College Admissions for 21st Century Mathematics

National Association for College Admission Counseling
Reshaping College Admissions for 21st Century Mathematics

As founder of Just Equations, a nonprofit focusing on expanding math opportunities, Pamela Burdman says math instruction today often misses the mark, focusing on procedures, algorithms, and memorization rather than on an understanding of the real-world relevance of math.

As educators redesign math pathways to expand equitable college opportunity, admissions policies can pose unique obstacles. Traditional math requirements have long served as a gatekeeper to selective colleges as well as competitive majors. At the 2021 National Association for College Admissions Counseling conference, Just Equations convened a panel of university officials and experts on college access and admissions to discuss the impact that reshaping math pathways and admissions processes can have on broadening students’ access to college.

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