New Math Path Adds Up to Better Education

When classes begin this fall, many Missouri college students will have more options for earning the math credit they need to complete their degree. Karen Johnson has a report.

For decades, college algebra has been the required math course for most degree programs. Now, a majority of public colleges and universities in Missouri are set to roll out new “math pathways” for degrees such as English, business, and history. Dr. Rusty Monhollon, assistant commissioner for academic affairs at the Missouri Department of Higher Education says thousands of Missouri students will benefit from mathematics courses, such as statistics and quantitative reasoning, that are more aligned with their specific field of study. The development of new math pathways is supported by a growing number of educators nationwide who believe college algebra is not the best math course for many students, depending on the type of degree they are seeking. I’m Karen Johnson