AMPSS is planning a multi-year effort to stimulate and guide states or regions to modernize mathematics pathways in their 2- and 4-year institutions. By the fall of 2017, we hope to be able to invite statewide teams to join the more than a dozen states that already have efforts underway — with the aim to impact 30 additional states in the next five years.
During the current planning phase, this site will provide an introduction to AMPSS and will serve as a portal for directing any inquiries to the AMPSS project director or to the appropriate partner organization.
The problem: math is a roadblock for students
Students too often fail to progress through required “gateway” math courses that are key to future success. Many students enroll in remedial math, for example, but 70 percent fail to ever enroll in credit-bearing math courses. And of those who do enroll, nearly half fail.
For many students, this is simply because their math pathway is irrelevant: Most students’ majors do not require Calculus, yet they are by default placed in a course (Algebra) aimed at preparing them for Calculus. As a result, many students aren’t as engaged in their coursework because they don’t find it relevant.