Laying the Foundations: Early Findings from the New Mathways Project

National studies reveal that 50 percent to 70 percent of community college students enter school each year unprepared for college-level mathematics and must take a series of developmental, or remedial, courses to build their skills before they can enroll in a college-level mathematics course. As these students continue to stumble over their mathematics courses, there has been growing awareness that the types of mathematics skills required in many of today’s professions differ from those skills taught in traditional college mathematics courses. Reforms such as the New Mathways Project, which attempt to revise the content of college mathematics courses to align with the needs of today’s marketplace, represent a promising step forward in the nation’s efforts to improve the odds of community college students’ success.

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