Overview of the Carnegie Math Pathways

slider_image_01Acknowledging that we can accomplish more together than alone, in 2010, Carnegie initiated a network of faculty members, researchers, designers, students, and content experts to create a new system to increase student success in developmental mathematics.


Developmental Mathematics Crisis

“If you do not get out of developmental mathematics, you cannot acquire credits to transfer to a four-year institution, and you often cannot get access to vocational and technical training programs. The bumper sticker for this problem is, ‘developmental mathematics is where aspirations go to die.’” Tony Bryk, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Traditionally, only 5% of the 13 million community college students enrolled in developmental mathematics courses earn college level credit within one year. This high rate of failure cannot simply be attributed to a single source, such as poor curriculum materials or disengaged students, but the entire system. After analyzing the entire system that produces the traditional results and recognizing the key drivers of failure, the network created a series of interventions to address the problems across the system.


The Pathways

The network devised two new pathways—Statway and Quantway. The Pathways aim to accelerate students’ progress through their developmental mathematics sequence and a college-level course for credit. Statway® and Quantway® reduce the time required to earn college credit while improving the content and pedagogy of developmental mathematics. The Pathways present engaging, relevant, and useful mathematics concepts that students can use in their daily lives. Statway and Quantway are taught using common curricula, assessments, online platform, and innovative instructional approaches.


Statway is an accelerated statistics pathway that combines college-level statistics with developmental math supports. It teaches real-world mathematics skills that are essential for a growing number of occupations and are needed for decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.

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Quantway is focused on quantitative reasoning that fulfills developmental requirements with the aim of preparing students for success in college-level mathematics. Quantway develops quantitatively literate students to promote success in community college mathematics.

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Pathways Instructional System

Through a whole-system approach, the network designed a holistic instructional system based on research and practitioner knowledge to support student success.

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Impact and Results

Launched in 2011, the Pathways have been remarkably successful, helping thousands of students achieve success in college-level mathematics. Due to its successful outcomes, the Pathways network has grown rapidly from 30 to 49 institutions in fourteen states with nearly 10,000 students currently or previously enrolled in the Pathway.

Impact and Results

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Our holistic approach includes a robust faculty professional development program including faculty mentors, instructor access to all the curriculum and assessment materials, rich data analytics for your faculty and institution, and a community of engaged faculty, administrators, advisors, and institutional researchers working collectively to continuously improve the Pathways program and promote student success. To become a part of this accelerated Networked Improvement Community, sign up as an Explorer.

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