Most of the responsibility for implementing the Steering Committee’s recommendations lies with the mathematics department chairpersons and their colleagues in the state’s public colleges and universities. They will have the support of the Mathematics Chairs Network, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and an emerging statewide mathematics community.
Ohio Mathematics Community
The mathematics community is a statewide effort built around the need for collective action. It includes the chairs and faculty at each of Ohio’s public colleges and universities, as well as campus administrators, postsecondary faculty whose students need mathematics for success, secondary faculty, and business and industry leaders who are seeking employees with mathematical and analytical reasoning skills.
Ohio Mathematics Initiative (OMI) Subgroups
Day by day, five OMI subgroups are working to turn the Steering Committee’s recommendations into concrete action.
Subgroup 1: New & Alternative Pathways
This subgroup is working to improve student success in entry-level courses by exploring new and alternative college-level mathematics pathways aligned to students’ diverse programs of study, improving instructional delivery mechanisms and providing co-requisite strategies to students for whom a full sequence of remedial courses would be counter-productive.
Subgroup 2: Revision of the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) Criteria
This panel is redesigning OTM course criteria and processes to focus on student learning outcomes; increasing departmental flexibility in determining pre-requisite courses and credit hour requirements for OTM courses, and defining what distinguishes a course as "college-level.”
Subgroup 3: Communication, Outreach & Engagement
This subgroup is working to improve communication among mathematics faculty and stakeholders across institutions, encourage and promote mathematics faculty participating in meetings of professional groups and engage the mathematics community with the work of the OMI subgroups.
Subgroup 4: Data Collection, Analysis & Sharing
The subgroup is developing quality measures for improving student success in mathematics; it is beginning to collect, analyze and share relevant data.
Subgroup 5: Alignment Between Secondary & Postsecondary Content and Instruction
This panel has been charged to conduct a national scan of best and promising practices to align secondary and postsecondary content and instruction, plan and host periodic Ohio Student Success Summits, study the effects of Ohio’s Remediation-Free Standards and the impact of institutional strategies to address these standards, conduct regional meetings and workshops to generate ongoing conversations among secondary and postsecondary faculty as well as state education policy leaders about aligning K-12 and higher education curricula and policies, prepare and equip new and existing mathematics teachers and build the infrastructure needed to accomplish this work.