A majority of students come to community and four-year colleges unprepared for college-level mathematics. This costs students money and time, and impedes their ability to complete coursework in their majors in a timely manner. This lack of college-level preparedness, as an example, is the single biggest predictor of dropping out before degree completion at California State University East Bay.
Bridging the gap
Funded by the James Irvine Foundation, this project is a partnership with Cal State East Bay, the Berkeley and Oakland Unified School Districts and the four Peralta Community Colleges to improve college-level math readiness. Goals include doubling the number of high school graduates who enroll in college-level mathematics, implementing new math pathways grades 6-16, and creating a body of evidence that can lead to wider adoption of promising practices for improving student outcomes.
The collaborative project including Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State, San Jose State, Ohlone College, Mission College, Chabot College, Diablo Valley College, and Peralta Community College District is focused on improving alignment and transitions in mathematics. The partners are working to map courses, facilitate transfer of skills, improve instructional practice, and develop communication strategies to support student decision-making.