Community Announcements

  • Preparing for AMATYC 2023

    As we prepare for AMATYC 2023, it's crucial that we gather your input on the Mathematics Pathways topics you'd like to see addressed during our business meeting, scheduled for the following date and time:

    Date: Saturday, November 11 Event: Mathematics Pathways ANet Meeting (M11) Time: 10:45 am - 11:35 am Room: 208

    During our last meeting, our primary focus revolved around the question of whether we should recommend expanding the number of mathematics pathways beyond the standard three: STEM, Stats, and Quantitative Reasoning. We can briefly revisit our decision not to expand. 

    Another potentially engaging topic for discussion could be "teaching within the various pathways." This aspect constitutes a significant part of our responsibilities but has received limited attention since the formation of our ANet. This could spark a lively and informative conversation.

    Please feel free to share any other ideas or propose agenda items by emailing me directly at

    I am eagerly looking forward to meeting some of you in Omaha!

    Best regards,

    Helen Burn Chair, Mathematics Pathways ANet

  • Community Conversation: Math as a Gatekeeper to STEMM

    I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer. I know so many us and so many of our institutions are struggling with multiple challenges as we head into the next academic year. Despite this, we need to continue to build on the great work we’ve been doing to improve the math pathways at our colleges to the benefit of students.

    Below is an invitation to a Community Conversation hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in partnership with NSF’s IUSE (Improving Undergraduate Science Education) program. The focus is of the conversation is on advancing racial equity in the STEM Math pathway, and I’m proud to be part of the panel to highlight the final products of my NSF grant Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges.

     Registration is still open for the event, which is next Thursday 9/8 at 10AM PDT.

     If you are not able to attend, I would encourage you to check out the research by Dr. Leyva around how students experience classroom interactions in college math classrooms. It’s powerful stuff. 

    Community Conversation: Math as a Gatekeeper to STEMM
    September 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET

    It is a well-known phenomenon that introductory mathematics courses, such as calculus, act as “gatekeeping” mechanisms for the other STEMM fields. Students who receive low grades or fail these courses are less likely to complete their STEMM degree. In fact, evidence shows that these types of gatekeeping courses contribute to the disparities in STEMM degree completion for historically excluded groups in STEMM.

    Join the SEA Change and IUSE communities for a conversation about how we can overcome these barriers and support the full inclusion of all in STEMM education, in our classrooms, and within our institutions.


    • Luis Leyva, PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • Sastry Pantula, PhD, California State University, San Bernardino
    • Helen Burn, PhD, Highline College


    Register Here

  • IMPACT updates - Pathways

    Wednesday, April 612:00am – 1:00pm ET
  • IMPACT Updates on Pathways

    You think you’re just a drop in the ocean…but look at the ripple effect one drop can make! (IMPACT, p7).  You can help create a ripple by joining the newly formed IMPACT Team.

    The IMPACT Team is reviewing and/or proposing updates to our standards in preparation for the Toronto conference.  The focus will be on the following:

    • Crossroads Standards (Pedagogy, Content, Intellectual Development) 
    • Beyond Crossroads (Implementation)
    • Equity
    • Pathways
    • Statistics/Data Science
    • Technology

    If you are interested in joining the IMPACT Team please provide the information requested on this form by March 21st.  

    If you have any questions feel free to contact Julie Phelps (, Evan Evans ( or Karen Gaines (