Changing the Equation in Higher Education Policy
Pamela Burdman’s insightful analyses and policy strategies on college readiness, student success, and math competency requirements lead to profound changes in higher education policy and practice.
Burdman is the founder of Just Equations, a project of the Opportunity Institute that works to re-conceptualize the role of mathematics in educational opportunity.
The Mathematics of Opportunity: Rethinking the Role of Math in Educational Equity, Just Equations, November 2018
CSU Finally Ends Remedial Classes That Delay Progress Toward a Degree, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2017
Quantitative Leap: How Math Policies Can Support Transitions To and Through College, LearningWorks, March 2016
The Pitfalls of Community College Placement Tests, Huffington Post, May 2015
Degrees of Freedom: Probing Math Placement Policies at California Colleges and Universities, LearningWorks and PACE, May 2015
Degrees of Freedom: Varying Routes to Math Readiness and the Challenge of Intersegmental Alignment, LearningWorks and PACE, May 2015
Degrees of Freedom: Diversifying Math Requirements for College Readiness and Graduation, LearningWorks and PACE, April 2015
Changing Equations: How Community Colleges are Re-thinking College Readiness in Math, LearningWorks, October 2013
Where To Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College, Jobs for the Future, August 2012
Do We Spend Too Much On Education?, New York Times, Room for Debate, August 23, 2011
“Your analytical insights and bridge-building skills helped forge a network of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working collectively to improve education outcomes for California community college students."
Martha J. Kanter,
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education, New York University;
Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education
"Your strategic vision while you were at the Hewlett Foundation led to concrete policies and practices that helped the community college system in California make student success a priority. Your ability to highlight our most salient challenges and provide insightful, compelling strategies for change benefit the education community as a whole.”
Elnora T. Webb,
President, Laney College, Oakland, CA
“I wish that all writers could capture these kinds of complex issues with such transparency, clarity, and balance!”
Associate Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Cruz