Thursday, October 27, 2016

Midland College math initiative receives Exemplar rating

• Program to be honored at Texas Pathways Institute

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

For the second year in a row, the Texas Success Center Math Pathways Project has awarded the Midland College (MC) “Mathways” Initiative as “Exemplar.” The program will be honored at a reception and dinner on November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Bastrop, TX during the 2016 Texas Pathways Institute.

For the past two years, MC has served as a state leader in developing new math curriculum for community colleges. As one of nine partner community colleges in a project coordinated through The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas, MC designed a systemic approach to improving student success and completion in developmental math courses. The resulting curriculum developed by MC Math faculty supports student career goals by implementing processes, strategies and structures built around mathematics pathways. MC’s cutting-edge curriculum has laid the foundation for statewide implementation of the curriculum at other Texas community colleges.

MC Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly congratulated the Math faculty on their leadership in this statewide endeavor and said, “MC Math faculty have worked diligently to develop practical math applications that focus on math for specific careers. Our outstanding Math faculty teach these courses in a fun and engaging format. The result is that students who previously had to take as many as three developmental math classes are now able to score high enough on college entrance exams after just completing one semester of the new Math curriculum. I congratulate the Math department on their efforts not only in leading Texas in this important initiative, but also in creating a pleasant instructional environment for our students.”

For more information about MC Math courses, contact Dr. Sonia Ford, MC chair of Math, Physics and Engineering, (432) 685-4525, sford@midland.edu.

MC advisors are also available to assist students with enrolling in courses and preparing degree plans that meet career pathways. The Advising Office is located in the Scharbauer Student Center on the main MC campus and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Advisors are also on duty until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. Call (432) 685-4501 or email enroll@midland.edu to schedule an appointment.

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