Upper-Division Pathways: New England Regional Meeting

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
June 11-12, 2018

This meeting focused on developing math pathways for undergraduate students at the upper-division level that respond to regional workforce needs. Participants also considered pathways for math majors intending to pursue graduate studies in mathematics, and for majors in other departments who need upper-division math courses as part of their programs of study. In interactive sessions, the participants – faculty members, recent graduates, industry employers – shared their perspectives and experiences and worked in groups to develop sample pathways. Faculty members left armed with the tools needed to explore pathway design in their home institutions.

This event was made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York
and the generosity of our host, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

AGENDA OUTLINE (click for PDFs of full Agenda and Participant List)

Monday, June 11
8:30-9:00
Registration

9:00-9:30
Welcome (Brit Kirwan, Suzy Weekes)
About TPSE Math [PowerPoint] (Mark Green)
What Are Upper-Division Pathways (UDPs) and why do they matter? (Uri Treisman)

9:30-10:00
Industrial Opportunities as Part of the Student Experience (Suzy Weekes)

10:00-10:15
Break

10:15-11:15
Alumni Panel

11:15-11:30
Break

11:30-12:30
Data to Inform Upper-Division Pathway Design: Presentation and Discussion (Hal Salzman)

12:30-12:40
What’s a Fishbowl Discussion? Preparation for interactive breakout sessions (Rebecca Hartzler)

12:45-1:40
Lunch

1:45-2:45
Fishbowl #1
Breakout group exercise: brainstorming and discussion leading to an understanding of the elements required for pathways through upper-division math for target student populations: 1) Math majors planning to pursue graduate studies; 2) Non-math majors needing enriched math for further study or for careers; 3) Math majors going into industries that demand strong data analytics skills; 4) Math majors going into other industries.

2:45-3:15
Break

3:15-4:15
Fishbowl #2
Same exercise; different groups.

4:30-5:30
Report-backs from groups

5:30-5:45
Instructions and assignments for morning breakouts 

6:15
Reception & Dinner

Tuesday, June 12
9:00-10:15
Pathway Design
Breakout group exercise: design of sample pathways for target student populations.

10:30-11:00
Report-backs from groups

11:00-11:30
Data to Inform Upper-Division Pathway Design: Follow-up

11:30-12:00
Conclusions & Next Steps