MAA Focus April/May 2010 : Page 10

            his spring, the MAA will be contacting chairs of mathematics departments in preparation for a nation-wide survey in Fall 2010 of Calculus I instruction in both two- and four-year colleges and universities. Th e goals of this survey are:          students who enroll in calculus, and          of calculus classes that are believed to influence student success. Th e survey is part of a larger study, Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (CSPCC), funded by the National Sci- ence Foundation’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), that also will include detailed case study analysis of selected colleges and universities with highly successful calculus programs. In late April of this year, chairs of over 500 departments selected by stratifi ed random sample will be contacted and asked to participate. I strongly urge all departmental chairs who are contacted to respond promptly. Th e results of this survey will be most useful if there is a high rate of national participation. Chairs of selected departments will be asked to identify the person or people who will be able to supply the names and contact infor- mation for all instructors of mainstream Calculus I in the Fall term. At the start of the fall term, these instructors will be contacted, giv- en an online survey to complete, and asked to require their students to complete an online survey in the second week of class. Follow-up surveys for the students and instructors will be conducted at the end of the term. Information fromthe students will be collected anonymously, and the Institutional Review Board of Arizona State University will provide IRB approval. Upon completion of the analysis, a summary of the results from each institution will be provided to the chair, together with a sum- mary of the national results, reported by type of institution. In May, we also intend to invite any other interested colleges and universities to participate in this study. While their data will not be used in the analysis, they may be employed to check reliability and should provide useful information to the department, enabling it to better understand who its students are, to learn what their perceptions of calculus instruction have been, and to compare the eff ectiveness of its Calculus I off erings with that of comparable institutions. Th ere likely will be a nominal charge to participate in the study for those colleges and universities that were not selected in the randomsample. Th e MAA Calculus Survey is being conducted in cooperation with the CBMS Statistical Survey that will be administered this coming fall. Th e random selection for both surveys is being coordinated so that there will be as little overlap as possible. Except for large MAA now has a Facebook page. Announce- ments from MAA Online and links to Math in the News appear here daily. In preparation for Th e 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings, MAA posted designs by fi nalists in the T-Shirt Con- test allowing fans to comment and vote on their favorite. As of March 9, 2010, MAA has 914 fans on Facebook. research universities, which both surveys will sample at 75% or high- er, those departments asked to participate in the Calculus Survey will not be included in the CBMS survey. For more informa- tion, please contact David Bressoud, MAA President and CSPCC Project Director,  , orMichael Pearson, MAA Director of Pro- grams and Services, . Additional information is available at  .     

Maa Calculus Survery

David Bressoud

This spring, the MAA will be contacting chairs of mathematics departments in preparation for a nation-wide survey in Fall 2010 of Calculus I instruction in both two- and four-year colleges and universities. Th e goals of this survey are:<br /> <br /> .To improve our understanting of the demographics of students who enroll in calculus, and<br /> <br /> .To measure the impact of the various characteristics of calculus classes that are believed to infl uence student success.<br /> <br /> The survey is part of a larger study, Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (CSPCC), funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), that also will include detailed case study analysis of selected colleges and universities with highly successful calculus programs.<br /> <br /> In late April of this year, chairs of over 500 departments selected by stratifi ed random sample will be contacted and asked to participate.<br /> <br /> I strongly urge all departmental chairs who are contacted to respond promptly.The results of this survey will be most useful if there is a high rate of national participation.Chairs of selected departments will be asked to identify the person or people who will be able to supply the names and contact information for all instructors of mainstream Calculus I in the Fall term.At the start of the fall term, these instructors will be contacted, given an online survey to complete, and asked to require their students to complete an online survey in the second week of class.Follow-up surveys for the students and instructors will be conducted at the end of the term. Information from the students will be collected anonymously, and the Institutional Review Board of Arizona State University will provide IRB approval.<br /> <br /> Upon completion of the analysis, a summary of the results from each institution will be provided to the chair, together with a summary of the national results, reported by type of institution.<br /> <br /> In May, we also intend to invite any other interested colleges and universities to participate in this study.While their data will not be used in the analysis, they may be employed to check reliability and should provide useful information to the department, enabling it to better understand who its students are,to learn what their perceptions of calculus instruction have been, and to compare the eff ectiveness of its Calculus I off erings with that of comparable institutions.There likely will be a nominal charge to participate in the study for those colleges and universities that were not selected in the random sample.<br /> <br /> The MAA Calculus Survey is being conducted in cooperation with the CBMS Statistical Survey that will be administered this coming fall.The random selection for both surveys is being coordinated so that there will be as little overlap as possible.Except for largeResearch universities, which both surveys will sample at 75% or higher, those departments asked to participate in the Calculus Survey will not be included in the CBMS survey.<br /> <br /> For more information, please contact David Bressoud, MAA President and CSPCC Project Director, bressoud@macalester.edu, or Michael Pearson, MAA Director of Programs and Services, pearson@maa.org<br /> <br /> Additional information is available at www.maa.org/cspcc/.

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