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February 22, 2018
Higher Ed Update is the companion publication to the Charles A. Dana Center’s Higher Ed In Brief newsletter. The Update provides “quick read” news on new resources from the Dana Center’s Higher Education Services team and our upcoming activities in the field.
New Notes from the Field: Student support services at OSU
Students who struggle in mathematics can find academic support through one-on-one tutoring and drop-in help labs. These supports often play a key role in helping students succeed in gateway mathematics courses. Identifying effective practices in these types of student services, however, is a challenge many institutions face.

Oklahoma State University sought to address this challenge, which led to a revitalized mathematics support center that not only helps students through use of data-proven practices, but also serves as a center for ongoing research to improve its student support services  
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Success in college mathematics begins in high school
With 41% of ACT-tested high school graduates meeting ACT college readiness benchmarks for in 2016, the gap between high school and college mathematics is clear.

The Charles A. Dana Center’s Transition to College Mathematics course was developed to help high school seniors achieve college readiness in math by graduation. The materials, supporting a full year of instruction, address concepts and skills needed to prepare students for success in college-level quantitative reasoning, statistics, or college algebra courses. 

Integrated with mathematics content are activities designed to develop what are sometimes referred to as “noncognitive” skills and behaviors such as perseverance, goal setting, self-regulation, and time management. These skills are found to be predictive of students’ success in college.
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Help us to help you
Providing hundreds of freely accessible items, the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) website ( is the premier destination for critical resources, tools, guidance, and research to help guide math pathways implementations. With this much information available in one place, we want to make the site as easy and intuitive to use as possible. We are conducting two surveys to determine how our users feel the website should be organized.

That’s where you come in. Even if you are not involved with math pathways implementation, even if you have never before visited the website, you’ll have something to say. Please join us in improving the way the “joyful conspiracy” finds its information.
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