We seek your help in encouraging constructive change in postsecondary mathematics education. We are all aware of the forces at work: the expanding set of careers using mathematics and the changing types of mathematics that they use, the rise of online education, declines in state funding, and the tsunami of student debt. These issues have been the focus recently of two very different, significant reports: PCAST’s Engage to Excel and the National Academy’s The Mathematical Sciences in 2025.
Our goal is to mobilize the mathematical community around these issues. Our first activity is a panel at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore on January 17, 2014, featuring influential leaders from inside and outside the mathematical community. The topics to be discussed at the panel are:
- Analysis of how well present curricula fit the needs of students (and potential employers), and what changes might create a better fit.
- The likely impacts of online education, pressures on tuition, and constrained funding.
- Improving mathematics education through changes in faculty reward structures.
- How to lower barriers to STEM success.
We wish to learn from your experiences and to hear your thoughts about actions that can be taken. We hope you can attend the session in Baltimore, but if not, we encourage you to share your views below or via the "suggestions" tab.
We believe we are poised at the beginning of an era of disruption. Can you help us to build a national effort to assure that mathematics navigates these coming years in the most constructive and positive fashion possible?