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Reflecting on 5 Years of Quantway and Statway

After 5 years and a four-fold increase in enrollment, Statway and Quantway students continue to be much more likely to successfully complete college-level math and developmental math sequences and do so in half the time.

Reports about the Carnegie Math Pathways

The results speak for themselves. Nearly half of students earn college math credit in Statway® within a single year. This is in comparison to the 15% who succeed in the traditional developmental math sequences in two years. We’ve had similar success with Quantway®, with double the success rate in developmental math compared to traditional developmental sequences in half the time.

These have held steady for five years. Additionally, new data has shown that Statway and Quantway students are also earning more college level credits after completing the Pathways and more likely to transfer than students at large. To learn more, see our latest program reports and research brief:

March 2017

Carnegie Math Pathways 2015-2016 Impact Report: A Five-Year Review

By Hai Hoang, Melrose Huang, Brian Sulcer, and Suleyman Yesilyurt

This report provides a description of the findings from two studies examining 2015-16 outcomes for students enrolled in Statway and Quantway. Includes ideas for improvement based on this data.

March 2017

Pathways Post-Participation Outcomes: Preliminary Findings

By Jon Norman

This paper describes the data and methods used to examine the efficacy of Statway and Quantway. The analysis shows that student that have completed Statway and Quantway are earning more college level credits and also more likely to transfer than students at large.

March 2017

Maintaining Success Rates: Does Statway® Sustain its Impact as it Scales to New Classrooms and Institutions?

By Melrose Huang and Hiroyuki Yamada

This analysis of a new report on the effectiveness of Statway, found continued high levels of student success for all sex and race/ethnicity groups even as enrollment quadrupled over five years. Future research is also discussed.

March 2017

Do Effects of Quantway® Persist in the Following Year? A Multilevel Propensity Score Approach to Assessing Student College Mathematics Achievement

By Hiroyuki Yamada

This report analyzes results of a new study on the effectiveness of Quantway 1, the accelerated quantitative reasoning developmental math program of the Carnegie Math Pathways. The findings show positive effects for students of all sex and race/ethnicity groups and across different colleges. Future work is also discussed.

September 2016

Practical Measurement and Productive Persistence: Strategies for
Using Digital Learning System Data to Drive Improvement

By Andrew E. Krumm, Rachel Beattie, Sola Takahashi, Cynthia D’Angelov, Mingyu Feng, Britte Cheng

This paper outlines the development of practical measures of productive persistence
using digital learning system data. Practical measurement refers to data collection and analysis approaches originating from improvement science; productive persistence refers to the combination of academic and social mindsets as well as learning behaviours that are important drivers of student success.

October 2016

Assessing the Effectiveness of Quantway: A Multilevel Model with Propensity Score Matching

By Hiroyuki Yamada, Angel Bohannon, and Alicia Grunow

This study assessed the effectiveness of the developmental math course, Quantway 1 over six semesters. The findings provide robust evidence that Quantway 1 increases student success in fulfilling developmental math requirements and advances equity in student outcomes.

March 2016

Assessing the First Two Years’ Effectiveness of Statway: A Multilevel Model with Propensity Score Matching

By Hiroyuki Yamada, Angel Bohannon, and Alicia Grunow

This study was aimed to assess the effectiveness of Statway during its first two years of implementation by means of a multilevel model with propensity score matching to control for possible selection bias and increase the validity of causal inference.

February 2016

Community College Pathways: 2014-2015 Impact Report

By Melrose Huang, Hai Hoang, Suleyman Yesilyurt, and Chris Thorn

This report provides descriptive statistics on 2014-2015 student outcomes, as well as insights into potential areas for improvement based on data from the fourth year’s Pathways implementation.

September 2014

Community College Pathways: Summative Assessments and Student Learning

By Scott Strother and Nicole Sowers

This report describes the comparative analyses from the Pathways summative assessment system. All items on the summative assessments were rigorously validated by field testing with over 500 members of a comparison sample who had taken a college mathematics or statistics course.

September 2013

Improving on the American Dream: Mathematics Pathways to Student Success

By Gay Clyburn

This article published in Change Magazine captures the experience of Pathways students and faculty. Students find themselves learning math in a new way with greater confidence in their ability to succeed and faculty are no longer teaching along, but as part of a network that extends across the country. The article highlights the power of improvement science to generate transformational learning opportunities.

May 2013

Pathways to Improvement: Using Psychological Strategies to Help College Students Master Developmental Math

By Elena Silva and Taylor White

Drawing on a research base developed over many years in education, Carnegie is testing a set of strategies to help students persist and succeed academically. This kind of persistence, what the researchers and faculty who developed the Pathways call “productive persistence,” is a key driver of Quantway® and Statway®.