University of Texas at Austin                Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

About Math Masters

History

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Math Masters was implemented during the 2011-2012 academic year as a three-year cohort advanced high school mathematics program. The primary goal of this program is to strengthen the teaching and learning of advanced mathematics (Algebra II and above) and to assist in building a college-going culture on participating campuses that are underrepresented in postsecondary institutions. Math Masters is a collaborative partnership among participating high schools, the Charles A. Dana Center and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

Mission

The mission of Math Masters is to prepare underrepresented high school students for college-level math and to encourage these students to explore majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Impact

By strengthening the teaching and learning of advanced mathematics, Math Masters will equip students from Texas high schools with the skills necessary for successful completion of college-level math courses. Underrepresented students will be more likely to continue on an academic and career path in the STEM fields, diversifying the workforce and keeping up with world demand for more scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Download the 2011-2012 Report.PDF.

“Together, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Dana Center are leveraging their expertise in the areas of mathematics instruction and college preparatory initiatives in order to create a dynamic partnership. The Math Masters Program will advance the academic and career paths of many underserved students in Texas, as well as build diversity and human capital in STEM fields.”  — Dr. Kenya Walker, Executive Director of Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs

Program Goals

Program goals include the following:

  • Strengthen the learning of advanced mathematics through advanced curriculum.
  • Strengthen the teaching of advanced mathematics through online and face-to-face professional development.
  • Provide university-based events and academic experiences to promote a university culture of engagement and achievement.
  • Increase higher education matriculation rates at high schools that are underrepresented in postsecondary institutions.

Math Masters’s Five Elements

  • Three-year advanced high school mathematics curriculum
  • Online and face-to-face system of support
  • Integrated Dana Center/Agile Mind Academic Youth Development (AYD)
  • Summer teacher professional development workshop
  • High school student visitation to The University of Texas at Austin

Participating High Schools