Strong Start To Finish

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

Through a competitive application process completed in Spring 2020, the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is one of seven new grantees selected to seed readiness at systems preparing to implement developmental education reforms at scale.

Led by a team of math faculty and system administrators in the Academic Affairs Office and Office of the Chancellor, PA-SSTF engages 14 institutions and, with support from Strong Start to Finish, aims to develop guidelines for corequisite math instruction that will be adopted for implementation beginning in fall 2021.

Priority Action Areas

PA-SSTF is focused on three priority action areas:

  • Align developmental and gateway math course content to create a clear pathway.
  • Purposefully redesign course learning outcomes in developmental and gateway courses to align with each other while scaffolding learning.
  • Create course maps that illustrate the alignment between developmental and gateway courses.

Strategies at Scale

Through the support and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, PA-SSTF will scale the following reforms:

  • Form corequisite project work group consisting of an administrative and mathematics faculty representative from each of the work group universities.
  • Formalize, charge and establish communication channels to share progress with these constituent groups.
  • Identify and engage industry experts / technical assistance providers to provide presentations and guidance regarding national best practices.
  • Define data and metrics to identify any student performance/development gaps.
  • Develop corequisite strategy and draft systemwide guidelines.
  • Convene a Summit and follow-up webinar with systemwide stakeholders to finalize guidelines.
  • Formalize systemwide corequisite guidelines via endorsement by Chief Academic Officers, Mathematics Disciplinary Council, and System Redesign leadership.

Project Leadership and Campus Involvement

PA-SSTF is supported and led by the Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Academic Affairs, Office of the Chancellor and Professors of Mathematics at participating colleges. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education includes 14 universities in their SSTF project, all committed to working to advance developmental education reforms in the state:

The following universities have committed to focused participation in this project:

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

The remaining 10 PASSHE universities will adopt the guidelines developed for corequisite math instruction in fall 2021:

  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania