Oklahoma State University

SUMS Goals 

 

These are the goals of the SUMS program:

 

  • Make mathematics a pump and not a filter for student success at the University and in careers
  • Improve student retention and success in calculus and entry-level courses
  • Become a national model for student learning and success in mathematics
  • Develop an effective program in mathematics that attracts and retains  STEM students
  • Lead an initiative to increase the number of STEM graduates at the University
  • Provide innovative new resources and practices for student learning and success in mathematics courses
  • Become a leading institution in research and practice of college-level mathematics education
  • Place teachers in the classroom who have excellent command of subject matter and a positive, caring attitude toward student learning and success

 

 

 

The SUMS program aims to achieve these goals and significantly increase student learning and success by:

 

  • Implementing a mandatory and enforced Placement Exam for first-time enrollees in an OSU mathematics class.
  • Enhancing support and training for academic advisors to improve their knowledge and understanding of entry-level math courses and student readiness.
  • Providing dedicated coordination and supervision of entry-level mathematics through the hiring of Clinical Faculty.
  • Adding Faculty Fellows who, with tenure-track faculty, bring an exceptional record of teaching and best-practice pedagogy to those courses most often identified in the preparation of STEM students.
  • Enhancing the training and continuing professional development of Teaching Assistants and Instructors.
  • Providing innovative new resources and practices for student learning and success in mathematics in the Mathematics Learning Success Center.
  • Undertaking curriculum revision and developing an instruction model of best practice for learning and doing mathematics.
  • Ensuring that teachers in the classroom have an excellent command of subject matter and a possitive, caring attitude toward student learning and success.
  • Revising the experience for STEM students with a well-balanced curriculum of concepts, problem solving, and inquiry-based learning.

Math Quotables

History has taught us that the most important future applications are likely to come from some unexpected corner of mathematics. -Renewing U.S. Mathematics

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