Increasing Graduation Rates through Mathematics Education

    Inspired by her ten years of teaching high school mathematics and as the first in her family to graduate from college, Dr. Tracey Kiser’s research aims to improve community college students’ success in mathematics. As the number one predictor of student success in completing a college degree, mathematics and improving math skills is critical to improving graduation rates. Kiser is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap.


    In her dissertation project Mindset Matters: Supporting Persistence Through the Developmental Mathematics Pipeline, Kiser examines the lack of support for low income and minority students struggling in community college mathematics courses. She focused on better understanding students’ learning needs and the ways in which instructional practices address those needs. 


    Kiser received her Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of California San Diego in June 2016 and is currently teaching high school mathematics. To learn more about Kiser’s research, visit UCSD’s website.



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