Victoria College named Math Pathways Overall Exemplar College
Faculty display Math Pathways awards
See photo caption below.

The Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Texas Success Center recently named Victoria College the 2015 Math Pathways Overall Exemplar College out of 38 Texas community colleges considered for the award. Presented at a ceremony during the Texas Pathways Summit, the award recognizes VC for demonstrating excellence in implementing pathways aimed at increasing student success in mathematics.

Awards were also presented to two community colleges in each of four areas associated with the fundamental principles of the New Mathways Project: Multiple Math Pathways, Acceleration, Learning Skills and Proven Pedagogy. In addition to being named the Overall Exemplar College, VC was recognized as a Multiple Math Pathways Exemplar College along with Temple College and a Proven Pedagogy Exemplar College along with Grayson College.

“TACC and the Texas Success Center are immensely proud of these colleges’ efforts and will continue to learn from and celebrate the successes of Texas’ community colleges,” said Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, executive director of the Texas Success Center.

Formed by TACC, the Texas Success Center launched the New Mathways Project in 2012 in collaboration with the 50 independent community colleges in Texas – all of which are represented by TACC – and the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Focused on accelerating college students through developmental math classes while offering curriculum that helps prepare them for a specific field of study, the project has garnered national attention and is beginning to indicate a positive impact on student outcomes.

“We are extremely honored that Victoria College was recognized for our work on the New Mathways Project,” said Babette Lowe, dean of the Division of Academic Foundations. “The Dana Center and partner colleges have provided such valuable resources, and our developmental math faculty have worked hard to implement math pathways tailored to our students’ needs. It’s exciting to be a part of this statewide project.”

VC students who need developmental math start in the Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning course where they learn how math impacts their everyday lives and practice applying it to real-world situations. Students then follow one of four pathways – liberal arts, statistics, business or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) – based on their chosen field of study.

Dr. David Hinds, VC president, praised Lowe and VC’s developmental math faculty for their work that resulted in the statewide recognition.

“Victoria College is committed to helping students succeed, and sometimes that means rethinking the way we’ve done things in the past,” said Hinds. “We are so proud of the developmental math faculty in the Division of Academic Foundations who are working hard to help our students, and we’re proud of our students who are working hard to meet their goals. Many incoming community college students struggle to overcome academic obstacles, mathematics in particular. This statewide recognition signals to VC that we are considered leaders in this important work.”

Photo Caption: Proudly displaying awards recognizing Victoria College as the 2015 Math Pathways Overall Exemplar College, a Multiple Math Pathways Exemplar College and a Proven Pedagogy Exemplar College are, left to right: Dan Murphy, foundational math associate professor; Diana Pagel, mathematics professor; Babette Lowe, dean of academic foundations and student success; and Brian Hutcheson, math assistant professor.


Published: Friday, 15 January 2016

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