pathway through nevada

Building on statewide momentum from the Gateway Course Success Summit in April 2014, Nevada was selected as one of six states to receive technical assistance support from the Charles A. Dana Center and Complete College America. The Building Math Pathways to Programs of Study (BMPPS) initiative was designed to mobilize mathematics faculty leaders from across two- and four-year institutions to create math pathways that enable students to complete an appropriate gateway math course, which would fulfill requirements for their chosen programs of study, within one year.

  • Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
  • Crystal Abba, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Chris Herald, Math Professor, University of Nevada, Reno




Serge Ballif

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Nevada State College

Darren Divine

Vice President for Academic Affairs

College of Southern Nevada

Linda Heiss

Senior Director of Institutional Research

Nevada System of Higher Education

Swatee Naik

Mathematics and Statistics Professor

University of Nevada, Reno

William (Bill) Newhall

Math Instructor

Truckee Meadows Community College

John Newman

Math Department Chair

Great Basin College

Carl Reiber

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Eli Reilly

Research Analyst

Nevada System of Higher Education

Gary Schwartz

Mathematics Professor

Western Nevada College

William Speer

Director, Math Learning Center

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Patrick Villa

Math Department Chair

College of Southern Nevada


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Crystal Abba
Formal Charge

Formal Charge

The Task Force on Gateway Mathematics Success was charged with looking for ways to modernize and improve undergraduate mathematics as a key lever to:

  • Increase success in mathematics; and
  • Increase degree completion.

Through its deliberations and data-driven discussions, the task force issued its  task force reportview full resourceDownloadFile with several recommendations that focused primarily on:

  1. Board of Regents’ policy concerning the placement of students;
  2. Future reporting and monitoring of adopted policy changes; and
  3. Implementation of adopted policy changes and scaling up across the System.

Planning for implementation began in Fall 2015 followed by the NSHE Gateway Course Success Summit in February 2016. The purpose of this statewide meeting was to bring the institutions together to develop action plans for implementation of the NSHE policy changes related to course pathways for English and math and continuous enrollment measures. These policy changes were recommended by the task force and adopted by the Board of Regents in June 2015. Institutional action planning was intended to lead to full-scale implementation by Fall 2016.


Our Work at the State Level

Select a state to learn more about how local leaders are setting a vision for math pathways or read an analysis of math pathways work across multiple states.