Pathways Content Work

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

In 2013 the DTA was revised to specify courses that would meet the 5-credit “quantitative/symbolic reasoning skills” requirement defined in the agreement:

1. Five (5) credits of college level mathematics (a course with a Mathematics prefix numbered 100 or above) that furnishes the quantitative skills required in the commonly recognized educational transfer pathways toward a baccalaureate degree. Accepted courses in these pathways are: Precalculus or higher, Mathematics for Elementary Education, Business Precalculus/Finite Mathematics, Statistics, and Math in Society; or
2. Five (5) credits of a symbolic logic course that focuses on (a) sentence logic with proofs and (b) predicate logic with quantifiers and proofs and/or Aristotelian logic with Venn Diagrams.

A major component of the MPC project’s effort to address math pathways in Washington has been to work with faculty in the system–at both community and technical colleges and baccalaureate institutions–to clarify a consensus understanding of each of these entry-level college math courses (specifically the “common course number” versions offered by the community and technical colleges). This work is ongoing but completed work (as of summer 2018) is referenced below, and updates will be posted to this site as they occur.

Math in Society (Math& 107): MathforLAPathway_Jan2013

This work was completed in January 2013, prior to the MPC project, and needs to be revisited to see what, if any, updates/changes are needed

 Statistics (Math& 146)MPC_Math&146Recommendations_Dec2017

Helen Burn, MPC co-chair, has been leading this work. For more information, see her Curriculum Research Group website


DCMP Pathway_to_Calculus_Symposium

Driving the design of the STEM_prep_Content Paper_2017feb6Removing_Barriers_Path_to_Calc_Savina_Boersma

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In October 2017 the Washington MPC project partnered with the Dana Center to co-host a Washington symposium on the pathway to calculus (see the agenda and additional Dana Center material above). 50 faculty and administrators representing 9 community and technical colleges and 5 of the 6 public baccalaureates (all but Evergreen State) participated in a lively and productive discussion of issues related to the STEM pathway; plans for follow-up next steps are pending.

Math for Elementary EducationDCMP Issue Brief_preservice elementary education_20161019

Barbara Alvin, MPC co-chair, has been leading this effort and is currently working on a summary of issues and recommendations (to be posted here when available). The Dana Center document above provides a national perspective on work relevant to this pathway.

Business Precalculus/Finite Mathematics: TBD–see the document below for the current Major Related Program system agreement focused on business degrees


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