To improve the academic readiness and college literacy among Texas high school students who are underrepresented at institutions of higher education. The program works to prepare students for academic success through credit-bearing, college-level, concurrent-enrollment mathematics curriculum.
Established in 2016, MathBridge students experience the pace, rigor, depth and expectations of a UT Austin math course. The courses are designed for non-math majors, offering beneficial exposure for high school students working to improve their mathematical and critical thinking.
Students who successfully complete the year-long program earn three credit hours on UT Austin transcripts. Motivated and experienced high school teachers implement the daily coursework in their classrooms with robust, continuous support from both the Department of Mathematicsand Dual Enrollment Initiatives (DEI). The support includes intensive professional development for teachers and arranged interactive campus visits for students.
College Credit: Two semesters of concurrent-enrollment mathematics coursework for high school students with three credit hours of Introduction to Mathematics – M302. These courses generally transfer as MATH1332 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.
Professional Development: Five-day summer and two-day winter teacher professional development trainings focus on curriculum, pedagogy, learning management technology and program procedures. Continuing professional education certificates are provided for participating teachers.
UT Austin Visits: ChemBridge students visit UT Austin for a full day that includes classroom observations, college literacy activities, guided campus tours and interaction with college students, staff and faculty.
As a pilot program in 2016-17, MatBridge served 17 students at one high school in its first year.