About the Course

More and more institutions of higher education are adopting mathematics pathways that match students’ chosen careers. The Dana Center designed the Transition to College Mathematics course materials to prepare students for those pathways by improving students’ quantitative, algebraic, and statistical reasoning abilities. Also included are lessons to improve noncognitive skills, supporting students’ successful transition to higher education and academic success in their first credit-bearing mathematics course.

Sample Question

Wikipedia states the following about Anchorage, Alaska: “The city constitutes more than 40 percent of the state’s total population.”

Calculate the population density for Anchorage, based on a 2010 population of 291, 826 people living on 1,961.1 square miles. Round to the nearest person per square mile.

This Transition to College Mathematics course uses a combination of print and online materials to address topics needed to prepare students for success in any entry-level college mathematics class, including:

• Numeracy, with an emphasis on estimation and fluency with large numbers
• Manipulating and evaluating expressions and formulas
• Rates, ratios, and proportions
• Percentages
• Probability
• Linear equations and inequalities
• Linear systems
• Exponential, quadratic, rational, and square root models
• Data interpretations
• Verbal, algebraic, and graphical interpretations of functions

Integrated within the mathematics content are activities designed to develop noncognitive skills and behaviors predictive of students’ success in college. These skills include perseverance, goal setting, self-regulation, and time management. Specific student success topics in the course include:

• Building effective study groups
• Harnessing brain plasticity
• Creating motivating goals
• Developing metacognitive strategies


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Rigorous Core Instruction

Our approach to instruction deepens students’ commitment to learning, encouraging their persistence in the face of academic challenge.

The Transition to College Mathematics program includes:

  • Comprehensive, contextually-based lessons emphasizing problem solving and critical thinking
  • Multiple representations of mathematical relationships that develop stronger and more flexible understandings
  • Interactive online homework items that personalize learning and simulate the experience students will encounter in college
  • Real-time reports that move teachers and learners to action

Robust Supports for Teachers

Much is said and written about the increasing demands on educators, and Agile Mind has pioneered in applying a blended approach to creating respectful supports for professional learning needs. In addition to online professional supports, educators and administrators participate in face-to-face seminars. They are equipped with comprehensive and  high-quality resources to manage their demanding workloads, improve their expertise, and dramatically improve outcomes for their students.

Supports for teachers encompass:

  • Research-based, instructional resources to support teacher facilitation of active learning
  • Real-time reports that save time in identifying progress and challenges
  • Face-to-face professional development seminars tied directly to practice
  • Job-embedded instructional support every day