In September 2010, funding was received from the National Science
Foundation to develop, field test, refine, and bring to publication
a new course, Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics
(TCMS). This problembased, inquiryoriented, fourthyear high
school mathematics course is intended for students who do not plan
to major in the mathematical, physical, or biological sciences
or engineering.
The development of TCMS involved a
collaborative effort among the author
team, an international advisory board, and content and evaluation
specialists.
The TCMS course is designed for the large number of students planning
to major in college programs that do not require calculus. For
these students, many school districts have little to offer as a
transition to college mathematics and statistics, other than a
precalculus course. Many of these students opt out of mathematics
their senior year. But data show that students who are not enrolled
in a mathematics course their senior year are much more likely
to be placed in a remedial (noncredit bearing) course upon admission
to college. In some schools, students may elect to take a statistics
or discrete mathematics course—courses that frequently do
not provide the mathematical content to be successful on current
college placement tests.
The TCMS course consists of the eight units:
 Unit 1 Interpreting Categorical Data
 Unit 2 Functions Modeling Change
 Unit 3 Counting Methods
 Unit 4 Mathematics of Financial DecisionMaking
 Unit 5 Binomial Distributions and Statistical
Inference
 Unit 6 Informatics
 Unit 7 Spatial Visualization and Representations
 Unit 8 Mathematics of Democratic DecisionMaking

The Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics course
provides an effective way of addressing the needs of schools in
increasing numbers of states requiring four years of high school
mathematics, including a course beyond algebra II or its equivalent.
It will also provide an effective way of helping schools meet the
Common Core State Standards (CCSS), particularly the Mathematical
Practices standards.
For states or school districts that do not have a fouryear mathematics
requirement, it is anticipated that the TCMS course content, with
its realistic problems and projects and relevant applications and
appropriate use of technology tools, will stimulate more collegeintending
students to elect a fourth year of mathematics.
The TMCS course is designed as a capstone course for both conventional
and integrated high school mathematics programs. Students who complete
three high school mathematics courses designed to meet the CCSS
together with the proposed TCMS course will be wellprepared for
twoyear or fouryear college programs that do not require calculus
and also for training programs leading to careerlevel jobs.
A companion suite of mathematical and statistical software tools,
called TCMSTools, is freely
available for Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics.
For further information about the Transition to College Mathematics
and Statistics program and implementation support, contact
cpmp@wmich.edu.
Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics is published
by McGrawHill
Education in both print and digital formats. Contact your local
McGrawHill representative for further details.
