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  • The Conversation

    Why colleges must change how they teach calculus

    Math departments fail too many calculus students and do not adequately prepare those they pass. That is the message heard from engineering colleges across the country. Calculus has often been viewed as a tool for screening who should be allowed into engineering programs. But it appears to be failing in that regard, too. That is,…

  • The Monitor

    UTRGV Math department utilizes active learning to encourage STEM students

    Once a week students in professor Cristina Villalobos’ Calculus I class form groups of four to solve math problems. They are encouraged to talk to each other, use their phones to create graphs and ask as many questions as possible. Since 2016, Villalobos and other professors in the Statistical Sciences department at the University of…

  • Inside Higher Ed

    Dividing Lines Take Shape in Senate

    The U.S. Senate education committee got into the weeds of higher education policy again Thursday, examining how the federal government could open up innovation by colleges and universities. But the biggest buzzword that emerged from a two-hour hearing — “guardrails” — signaled the focus of Democrats and expert witnesses on the quality protections that should…

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

    Getting Past a Roadblock

    Math is widely seen as a barrier for students. When the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities announced this week that it will work with a dozen institutions to study various approaches for using active-learning techniques in introductory math courses, it called those courses “the most common roadblock to a degree” in the STEM disciplines.…

  • Inside Higher Ed

    Active Learning Math Initiative Expands to 12 Universities

    A National Science Foundation-funded initiative aimed at expanding the use of “active learning” techniques in introductory mathematics courses is expanding from three to 12 universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities announced today. The project, known as SEMINAL: Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning, has been led by San…

  • Inside Higher Ed

    What Government Shutdown Means for Higher Ed

    Congress failed to reach a last-minute agreement Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. That won’t mean immediate consequences for federal student aid recipients or institutional funding. But institutions and students depending on Education Department programs could see an impact if the shutdown drags on. For academics and institutions that receive grants from research agencies,…

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