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ERIC Number: ED572815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
New Mexico Math Pathways Taskforce Report
New Mexico Higher Education Department
In April 2015 New Mexico faculty, Dana Center staff, and New Mexico Higher Education (NMHED) co-presented the need for better math pathways statewide. Faculty from 6 institutions (New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, Dine College, Eastern New Mexico University, El Paso Community College, and San Juan College) participated in a preliminary math task force. The task force collaborated to help facilitate speakers and participants at the New Mexico Math Summit hosted by NMHED in Santa Fe October 2, 2015. At this summit a number of math faculty statewide expressed a desire to learn more about pathways including alternatives to college algebra. In January 2016, New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) established a statewide Mathematics Task Force in order to determine the need for statewide alternative math pathways and make recommendations for implementation. It was important to stakeholders that a new system of pathways for college mathematics was developed that did not lower the rigor of mathematics at each of its institutions. The task force was given a deadline of July 15, 2016. Per the request of the Secretary of NMHED, Dr. Barbara Damron, presidents of each institution of higher education in the state nominated members to the New Mexico Math Pathways Task Force. A task force of faculty from each higher education sector in the state was convened. The work was carried out under the leadership of Alicia O'Brien, Math Department Chair of San Juan College, under the advisement of Senior Policy Analyst Bridgette Noonen. This report discusses what is the "Right Math?" and presents recommendations that have been made: (1) Meet with degree granting departments at each institution and align 100 and 200 level courses with the students' academic program of study; (2) Develop a holistic placement procedure for students; (3) Cultivate an advising process that supports a: Statistics Pathway, Quantitative Reasoning Pathway, and College Algebra Pathway; and (4) Build on Existing Institutional Math Pathways. The following are appended: (1) References; and (2) Task Force Members.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Higher Education Department
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico