The Charles A. Dana Center at University of Texas Collaborates with Pearson to Improve Learner Outcomes in College Mathematics

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Collaboration will provide innovative, digital course materials to community college students statewide, as part of The Dana Center’s New Mathways Project

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The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin is collaborating with Pearson to provide web-based course resources that dramatically shorten the time it takes for students to earn college credit in mathematics. Together, Pearson and the Dana Center will offer course resources in Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning, Statistical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Reasoning with Functions. These course resources were created as part of the New Mathways Project, a systemic effort to support community colleges in implementing multiple math pathways that each include rigorous, transferrable, college-level content that meets the requirements of specific academic programs and careers.

Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning will be the first course resource available, effective fall 2015, and the other resources will launch in spring 2016. The comprehensive, web-based course resources will include homework, supplemental instructional materials, assessments, student success tools, and asynchronous instructor-to-student communication tools.

The Dana Center joined with the Texas Association of Community Colleges, with support from the Texas Legislature, to develop and implement the NMP as a statewide effort to transform student success in mathematics. The NMP has catalyzed and mobilized the powerful work of faculty, leaders, and institutions to create cohesive processes, strategies, and structures that result in students successfully completing a mathematics pathway aligned to their chosen programs of study.

Uri Treisman, Executive Director of the Dana Center, said, ”In higher education and the workplace, mathematics frequently serves as a proxy for general problem-solving ability and innovation, making success in mathematics increasingly important for access into the middle class. We are proud to be able to work with Pearson to broadly offer course resources to overcome the high failure rates so prevalent in entry-level college mathematics courses and to get more students on a path to upward mobility.”

Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy, Jason Jordan, said, “The innovative Dana Center course resources represent a major step forward in reflecting the evolution in how students learn, and Pearson is honored to play a role in getting them into the hands of students and professors in Texas and across the nation. These valuable teaching and learning resources will serve as effective solutions for those institutions who are pursuing a redesign of their mathematics curriculum in an effort to improve learning outcomes.”

About the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin    

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin develops and scales effective math and science innovations to support educators, administrators, and policy makers in creating seamless transitions throughout the K-14 system for all students. To learn more, visit http://www.utdanacenter.org/.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

Media Contacts:

Monette McIver, mmciver(AT)austin.utexas.edu or 512-475-9737

Brandon Pinette, brandon.pinette(AT)pearson.com or 800-745-8489

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