Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics:
A National Discussion
Leaders in academia, business and government gathered at the University of Texas - Austin on June 20-22, 2014, to discuss issues facing the mathematics community and explore scalable solutions.
Participants were divided into groups to address these themes:
- Curriculum reform (content and supporting materials). Group leader: Joan Leitzel.
- Opening pathways (to entry, to advancement). Group leaders: Uri Treisman and S. James Gates, Jr.
- Technology, teaching, and economic impacts (new technologies, cost pressures, and their impact on teaching and faculty). Group leaders: Lawrence Bacow and William (Brit) Kirwan.
- Enriching and broadening the undergraduate experience (greater relevance, awareness of uses of math; more co-design, co-teaching). Group leader: Peter March.
- Enriching and broadening graduate training (maintaining faculty depth while increasing awareness of the role of math in other areas; strengthening graduates' ability to teach undergraduates). Group leader: Michael Vogelius.
Topics are described in more detail here. The discussion continues, and your input is welcome.
(Apologies for the quality of the first two videos, which were recorded on a webinar platform. The other two are better.)
Friday, June 20, 2014 (video)
Welcome and introduction: Uri Treisman, UT Austin
Keynote Address: Bill Powers, President, UT Austin
Guidelines to working groups for breakout sessions: Phillip Griffiths, IAS
Sunday, June 22, 2014 (video)
Overview of what has been accomplished so far
Observations and Perspectives: Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF (slides)
Panel of working group chairs presents conclusions, recommendations, actions; open discussion
Concluding remarks: Greg Fenves, Provost, UT Austin