This new report highlights the importance of diversifying math pathways in college to improve quantitative literacy and shorten students’ routes to a degree.
Across the country, colleges and universities are now offering multiple pathways through mathematics, instead of the one-size-fits-all algebra sequence, which is designed as a stepping stone to calculus. For students in majors that don’t depend on calculus, other sequences in areas like statistics, quantitative reasoning, and business math offer relevant and rigorous alternative pathways to a degree.
This report highlights the importance of diversifying math pathways in college to advance math learning and shorten students’ routes through college. In underscoring how this strategy can help community colleges in California implement new policies to shorten or eliminate students’ time in remedial classes, the report examines:
As colleges and universities implement new policies designed to streamline students’ progress through their math requirements, ensuring that any proficiency requirements are aligned with students’ majors, colleges can ensure that students get farther in math and acquire the skills they need for success in their careers and lives.
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