College named 2018 Math Pathways Exemplar Award recipient
11.29.2018 | By Andrea Vasquez
HOUSTON – San Jacinto College was named a 2018 Math Pathways Exemplar Award recipient, presented by the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), the Texas Success Center (TSC) and the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) at the 2018 Texas Pathways Institute in Dallas on November 14.
“We are incredibly proud of the creative work done by our math faculty across the College and the leadership they have shown in addressing student learning,” said Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College Deputy Chancellor and President. “They are engaged in developing course materials and teaching strategies that will provide the support our students need and in creating effective learning environments in all classes. All of us at San Jacinto College take seriously the mandates from the state around developmental education and co-requisite models in math and English, and this award shows our commitment to student success and excellence in the classroom.”
Chosen among 38 Texas community colleges, the award recognizes the College’s work in developing and implementing co-requisite math courses, combining college preparatory and college-level math into one course, and its continued efforts to strategically align specific math courses with the student’s chosen degree pathway that provide them with the necessary math skills for that career field. This allows students to complete their math requirements earlier, ultimately saving them time and money in completing their associate degree or technical certificate.
This award is in recognition of Principle 2 based on the College’s exceptional efforts in developing math pathways according to the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways’ four principles of math pathways-based college programs:
- Multiple pathways with relevant and challenging mathematics content aligned to specific fields of study
- Acceleration that allows students to complete a college-level math course more quickly than in the traditional developmental math sequence
- Intentional use of strategies to help students develop skills as learners
- Curriculum design and pedagogy based on proven practice.
“We have been impressed with the faculty’s willingness to explore, create and provide students with pathways and courses that generate meaningful learning,” said Dr. Rebecca Goosen, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor for college preparatory. “The College has embraced the challenges of providing new learning experiences which will lead to better outcomes for students.”
The other Texas community colleges selected as 2018 Math Pathways Exemplars are: Paris Junior College (Overall Exemplar); Grayson College (Principle 1); McLennan Community College (Principle 3); and College of the Mainland (Principle 4).
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.