TPSE Math Meeting

Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics:
A National Discussion

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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.

Plenary Sessions

(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

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Challenges/Values/Outcomes: Eric Friedlander, USC (slides; video)
Presentations by group leaders of preliminary conclusions; open discussion (video)

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


TPSE Math is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation