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Conference Board of the Mathematical Science Report Due Out Soon

CONFERENCE BOARD OF THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Every five years, the Conference Board of Mathematics Sciences (CBMS) sponsors a national survey that collects data about curriculum, pedagogy, enrollment levels, graduates, and faculty in undergraduate mathematical sciences departments in US two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities.

The CBMS 2015 questionnaire was sent in the fall of 2015 to the mathematics department chairpersons of 222 two-year col­leges, a random sample chosen from the list of all public two-year colleges in the U.S. The survey response rate was about 54% of the sample as 119 surveys were returned.

The tables and accompanying document are currently in production. Drafts of the tables and chapters are currently posted at www.ams.org/cbms/cbms20l5-work. Check this out as there are some fascinating tables, data, summaries, and reporting which might interest our community of mathematics faculty.

Notable information for our differential equations communitiy are:

* There was a 19% increase in enrollments in differential equaitons courses at two-year colleges from from 2010 to 2015.

* In 2015 there were 137,587 students reported in distance learning Differential Equations & Linear Algebra courses, an increase from the 115,837 enrolled in 2010.

So things are looking up with respect to enrollments in differential equations. 

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