New Directions in Two-Year College Mathematics

Proceedings of the Sloan Foundation Conference on Two-Year College Mathematics, held July 11–14 at Menlo College in Atherton, California

  • Donald J. Albers
  • Stephen B. Rodi
  • Ann E. Watkins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. A Case For Curriculum Change

  3. Technical Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Keith Shuert
      Pages 83-100
    3. William Warren, James R. Mahoney
      Pages 101-117
    4. Allyn Washington
      Pages 119-130
  4. Endangered Curriculum Elements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 140-140
  5. New Curricula And New Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Ben Fusaro
      Pages 205-223
    3. Joan R. Leitzel
      Pages 243-254
    4. Stephen B. Maurer
      Pages 255-270
  6. The Learning Of Mathematics

  7. Faculty Renewal And Professionalism

  8. Coordinating Curriculum Changes

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 489-491

About these proceedings


by Donald J. Albers ix INTRODUCTION In July of 1984 the first national conference on mathematics education in two-year colleges was held at Menlo College. The conference was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Two-year colleges account for more than one-third of all undergraduate enrollments in mathematics, and more than one-half of all college freshmen are enrolled in two-year colleges. These two facts alone suggest the importance of mathematics education in two-year colleges, particularly to secondary schools, four-year colleges, and universities. For a variety of reasons, four-year colleges and universities are relatively unaware of two-year colleges. Arthur Cohen, who was a participant at the "New Directions" conference warns: "Four-year colleges and universities ignore two-year colleges at their own peril." Ross Taylor, another conference participant, encouraged two-year college faculty to be ever mindful of their main source of students--secondary schools-­ and to work hard to strengthen their ties with them. There are many other reasons why it was important to examine two-year college mathematics from a national perspective: 1. Over the last quarter century, rio other sector of higher education has grown so rapidly as have two-year colleges. Their enrollments tripled in the 60's, doubled in the 70's, and continue to increase rapidly in the 80's. x 2. Twenty-five years ago, two-year colleges accounted for only one-seventh of all undergraduate mathematics enrollments; today the fraction is more than one-third.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Donald J. Albers
    • 1
  • Stephen B. Rodi
    • 2
  • Ann E. Watkins
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMenlo CollegeAthertonUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsAustin Community CollegeAustinUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsLos Angeles Pierce CollegeWoodland HillsUSA

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