Wednesday, December 5, 2012

MC named co-development partner in state project

Midland College named one of nine community colleges to serve as co-development partners for state "Mathways Project"

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin announced the implementation of the New Mathways Project (NMP). Midland College (MC) is one of nine Texas community colleges that will develop the gateway courses that are critical to student completion.

In a press release dated May 9, the Charles A. Dana Center reported that high failure rates in mathematics developmental education courses prevent hundreds of thousands of students from progressing in their academic programs each year, contributing to a national crisis.
The NMP is a statewide approach to reforming mathematics developmental education in order to help students more quickly learn and earn college-level credits in rigorous mathematics. The NMP will enable students to succeed in the math needed for their majors and future careers. As the NMP is implemented across the state of Texas, the other 41 Texas community colleges will begin the implementation phase as either Active Learning or Capacity Building sites.

“Midland College is excited to be chosen as a co-development partner,” said MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “This project will allow our incredible faculty an opportunity to be fully engaged in designing courses that will make learning math successful experiences.”

In addition to Midland College, other NMP co-development sites are

Northwest Vista College in San Antonio
Austin Community College
Brazosport College in Lake Jackson
El Paso Community College
Kilgore College
Kingwood College
South Texas College in McAllen
Temple College

Bill Holda, TACC chair and president of Kilgore College, said, “The 50 community colleges of TACC understand that developmental mathematics must be reformed, and NMP is the game-changer that will make a difference ensuring students are successful.”

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