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December 13, 2013

Ivy Tech Community College Announces Math Pathways Project

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Ivy Tech’s work to eliminate the one-size-fits-all approach to math aligns with the college’s work with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. According to the Dana Center, a “one-size-fits-all” math course will not meet the nation’s need for a diverse and agile workforce.

Through Ivy Tech’s partnership with the Dana Center, Ivy Tech embarked on an ambitious data-collection effort to determine the math concepts that students need to be successful. That work led to Ivy Tech’s Math Pathways approach to math education.

Ivy Tech is also altering its remedial curriculum at this time so that the co-requisite delivery format is structured for all but the STEM/Algebra-Calculus Math Pathway. This is modeled after the Accelerated Learning Program, which originated at the Community College of Baltimore County and has shown consistent student success with nearly double the pass rates.

The co-requisite model melts remediation with “gateway” courses and provides students with the opportunity to earn credit towards their degree rather than completing a remedial course prior to enrolling in the credit-bearing “gateway” course. Best practices throughout the nation have shown that offering co-requisite remediation can potentially double the traditional remedial student success in the “gateway” course (currently 20 percent in Indiana).

The first semester of statewide implementation for the three math pathways is Fall 2014. Ivy Tech will be in the process of implementing these changes through Fall 2015.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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