New math initiative targets high school-to-college readiness

ecampusnews | January 04, 2019

A new initiative from the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin aims to drastically improve students’ college readiness and success in mathematics by targeting the “junior to junior year” timeframe.The new initiative, called Launch Years, looks to align K-12 schools and higher education and is supported by a $6.68 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Launch Years specifically looks to address barriers that keep many students–especially first-generation college students and those from low-income families–from progressing in their math courses between their junior year of high school and their junior year of college.Launch Years rethinks current structures, policies, and practices that shape the mathematics experiences students have in those years, because they tend to be critical in preparing students for entry into college and guiding them through higher education pathways to degree attainment. Successfully progressing from high school through college math coursework is an obstacle for too many students.

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After many years of valuable work by the ATSE Education Working Group, the Academy’s involvement in education took an exciting new direction recently with the establishment of education as one of four priority areas in the 2006–12 Strategic Plan. The others are water, energy and climate change, and each is served by a topic forum. This is a timely step forward and recognises the crucial role of education in building the scientific and technological capacity of Australia and opening up discussion among Fellows about ways in which ATSE can act to initiate and enhance activities in this area.

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After many years of valuable work by the ATSE Education Working Group, the Academy’s involvement in education took an exciting new direction recently with the establishment of education as one of four priority areas in the 2006–12 Strategic Plan. The others are water, energy and climate change, and each is served by a topic forum. This is a timely step forward and recognises the crucial role of education in building the scientific and technological capacity of Australia and opening up discussion among Fellows about ways in which ATSE can act to initiate and enhance activities in this area.

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