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The following list is the result of the Significant Discussions audit of major projects related to math and student success. The audit was conducted to identify resources that may be of use in curriculum alignment efforts between secondary and postsecondary institutions. To submit additional projects or updates to those listed here, please contact Cynthia Wilson.

    • Academy for College Excellence

      The Academy for College Excellence (ACE) has developed strategies that can help community colleges identify and assess their current approaches to working with vulnerable students and support changes to increase their effectiveness with these students. Read more

    • Integrative Assignments in Learning Communities
      Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education

      The Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education has partnered with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Washington Association for Developmental Educators, and Northwest College Reading and Learning Assistance on quality curriculum initiatives for developmental education students since 2000. Read more

    • Math Emporium
      The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT)

      NCAT's Emporium Model of course redesign has proven remarkably and consistently successful in improving student learning and lowering instructional costs. Read more

    • Math-in-CTE
      National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE)

      Math-in-CTE is a curriculum integration model designed to enhance mathematics that is embedded in career and technical education (CTE) content. Read more

    • Quantway and Statway
      Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

      Quantway™ and Statway™ are co-developed instructional systems that foster deeper learning in math for students and accelerate their progress toward either transfer to a baccalaureate institution or workforce programs of study. Read more

    • San Francisco's Bridge to Success
      John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities

      San Francisco’s Bridge to Success (BtS) initiative brings together the City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and key community organizations to promote postsecondary success for underrepresented students. Read more

    • Significant Discussions: Auditing Major Projects to Aid Secondary and Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment in Math and Promote Student Readiness, Retention, and Completion
      League for Innovation in the Community College

      The second Significant Discussions project builds on the Significant Discussions guide and focuses on developmental math and student success. Read more

    • The Mathways Project
      Charles A. Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin

      The New Mathways Project builds on the Dana Center's work developing the Statway™ and Quantway™ courses by laying out three pathways consisting of courses that support students' career goals and aspirations. Read more

    • Transition Mathematics Project
      Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

      The Transition Mathematics Project (TMP) is designed to help students progress from secondary to college-level math by aligning standards and expectations, building the capacity of instructors, and communicating math expectations to students and parents. Read more

    • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
      Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

      AVID is a college readiness system designed to increase school-wide learning and performance by holding K-12 students accountable while implementing support mechanisms. Read more

    • American Diploma Project Network and Math Works
      Achieve, Inc.

      In 2005, Achieve, Inc. Read more

    • College for Every Student (CFES)

      The goal of CFES is to improve the high school graduation and college success rates of underserved students by raising their academic performance and educational aspirations. Read more

    • College Summit

      College Summit works in partnership with schools, school districts, and colleges to develop a sustainable model for raising college enrollment rates across the community. Read more

    • Developing a Community College Student Roadmap
      Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

      The Community College Student Roadmap is a project of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), a public advocacy, campus action, and research initiative. Read more

    • Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College

      Foundations of Excellence, the signature work of the John N. Read more

    • Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC)

      Created in 2010, the non-profit Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) helps K-12 school systems, community colleges, universities, employers, child welfare systems, and others to boost student achievement through the use of data. Read more

    • Jobs for the Future

      Jobs for the Future aligns education with today’s workforce needs by identifying, developing, and promoting education and career advancement strategies that expand opportunity for low-income youth and adults. Read more

    • Pathways to College Network
      Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

      AAC&U is a lead partner in the Pathways to College Network, an alliance of national organizations that advances college opportunity for underserved students by raising public awareness, supporting innovative research, and promoting evidence-based policies and practices across the K-12 and higher education sectors. Read more

    • Significant Discussions: A Guide for Secondary and Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment
      League for Innovation in the Community College

      The goal of the Significant Discussions Project was to develop a guide to facilitate discussions between faculty and administrators in secondary and postsecondary institutions that would lead to curriculum alignment between these institutions. Read more

    • The Education Trust

      The Education Trust promotes and supports policies that raise academic achievement for all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. Read more

    Examples are drawn from Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE), Achieving the Dream, MDRC research, CCRC research, and individual college program descriptions.
    • Academy for College Excellence (ACE)
      Cabrillo College (CA)

      The Academy for College Excellence (ACE) learning community at Cabrillo College helps improve outcomes for students who require developmental educa­tion. Read more

    • College Mathematics Project (CMP)
      Seneca College (ON)

      This collaborative project of Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology and District School Boards in Ontario was designed to explore mathematics achievement of first-year college students in the province. Read more

    • College Student Achievement Project (CSAP)
      Seneca College (ON)

      This collaborative project of Ontario’s Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology is analyzing mathematics and language achievement of first-year college students in the province and exploring ways to improve student success. Read more

    • Developmental Education Improvement Plan-Mandatory
      Alamo Colleges (TX)

      Alamo Colleges attribute improved success in developmental math courses to the implementation and scaling up of a required one-hour math lab, in which students are required to co-enroll. Read more

    • FastStart@CCD
      Community College of Denver (CO)

      The goal of CCD's FastStart program is to develop and implement curriculum using an accelerated and intensive instructional approach to the delivery of developmental math, English, and reading. Read more

    • First-Year Experience
      College of the Sequoias (CA)

      Through the First Year Experience (FYE) program, College of the Sequoias aspires to create learning environments that both challenge and support first year students. Read more

    • Helping Students Become College-Ready
      El Paso Community College (TX)

      El Paso Community College (EPCC) entered into the College Readiness Initiative to increase the number of high school graduates who meet the Texas Success Initiative standards and place into credit bearing courses upon entry into college. Read more

    • High School/College Partnership
      Kodiak College, University of Alaska Anchorage (AK)

      Kodiak College provides early college placement testing to high school juniors and seniors so students and their parents can become more aware of what it means to be college-ready. Read more

    • Increasing Math Placement Scores and Success
      Zane State College (OH)

      The Math Start program requires that students who test two levels below college math complete at least the first developmental math course within their first three academic quarters at the college. Read more

    • Learning Communities for Developmental Students
      Houston Community College (TX)

      An external evaluation of Houston Community College’s learning communities by MDRC showed that students enrolled in the learning communities—particularly Hispanic students—were more likely to pass developmental math than students enrolled in stand-alone courses. Read more

    • Scaling Up a New Instructional Approach
      Montgomery County Community College (PA)

      When Montgomery County Community College wanted to improve success rates for students placing into developmental math, the college redesigned its instructional approach. Read more

    • Tutors in the Classroom-Supplemental Instruction
      Delta College (MI)

      Delta College brings trained tutors into all first-level developmental math and Eng­lish courses—the courses with the greatest risk of student failure—to offer­ intensive content-based study sessions that reinforce new material and discuss learning strategies. Read more

    • Guiding Developmental Math Students to Campus Services: An Impact Evaluation of the Beacon Program at South Texas College, Visher, Mary; Butcher, Kristin; Cerna, Oscar. 2010. MDRC.

      This report presents results from a rigorous evaluation of the Beacon Mentoring program, designed and implemented by South Texas College in McAllen, Texas. Read more

    • Learning Communities for Students in Developmental Math: Impact Studies at Queensborough and Houston Community Colleges, Weissman, Evan; Butcher, Kristen; Schneider, Emily; Teres, Jededish; Collado, Herbert; Greenberg, David. February, 2011. National Center for Postsecondary Research Paper

      Community colleges now serve over one-third of our nation’s postsecondary students each year. Read more

    • Promising Instructional Reforms in Developmental Education: A Case Study of Three Achieving the Dream Colleges, Zachry, Elizabeth; Schneider, Emily. 2008. MDRC.

      This report examines the experiences of three of the 83 colleges currently involved in Achieving the Dream and their efforts to improve instruction in developmental classrooms: Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, North Carolina; Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia; and Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia. Read more

    • What Can a Multifaceted Program Do for Community College Students? Early Results from an Evaluation of Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students, Scrivener, Susan; Weiss, Michael; Sommo, Colleen (2012). MDRC.

      This report presents very promising early findings from a random assignment study of ASAP that is taking place at three CUNY community colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Kingsborough Community College (KCC), and LaGuardia Community College (LGCC). Read more

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