Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MC Mathematics leads the state for student success

EdReady study tool is offered to students at no charge

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is a state leader in developing new community college mathematics curriculum. 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 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, and is now providing a model for other states.

Mathematics Center Coordinator Alma Brannan has been working with the state of Virginia to align curriculum with career pathways. On March 3-4, Brannan along with Russell Self from Trinity Valley Community College and Stephanie Andrews from Lone Star Community College System led a workshop at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, VA on incorporating active learning into math courses. Virginia is using the Texas model as a foundation for their new math curriculum.

As MC sees success with its Mathematics pathways curriculum, faculty are also investigating ways to assist students with Math placement tests. The MC Math department has implemented a study tool called EDReady for both the TSI and Accuplacer assessments.

“Students must take the TSI test in order to place into College Algebra or Statistics,” explained Lori Thomas, MC associate professor of mathematics. The Accuplacer test is used for placement into Calculus I. EdReady provides students with practice problems specific to the TSI and Accuplacer. To access the study aids on EdReady, students create a FREE account and then choose the appropriate assessment study aid. Creating an account enables students to save their progress. Once an account is created, students complete an assessment that then narrows the scope of practice to those topics and objectives on which students need the most help.”

The EdReady study tool is offered to students at no charge, thanks a grant received from the Midland College Foundation for a one-year institutional membership. Thomas said that although the grant is only for one year, additional sources of funding will be sought in hopes to continue the service. For more information about MC Math courses and EdReady, contact Sonia Ford, MC department chair of Mathematics, Engineering & Physics, (432) 685-4525, sford@midland.edu .

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