Date: Mar 15, 1995 8:28 AM Author: Jack Rotman Subject: College Algebra standards

> Butch Sloan said:

>

> >I am aware of the NCTM standards for K-12 mathematics, but I have had a

> >request for what the reform movement is suggesting for the standard

> >college algebra curriculum at the junior college or university level.

> >Can anyone point me towards a source for what's being advocated in this area?

> >

> >If this is not of interest to the list, please respond to me directly.

> >

> >Thanks in advance,

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>

Actually, there is a complete "Standards" document for the introductory

levels of math at colleges/university.

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is the

professional group representing math instructors at community colleges and

the entry level at universities. Through a long-term project, we have been

writing a Standards document for mathematics at this level.

The "Standards for Introductory College Mathematics" (SICM) is in its

final form at the present time. The document is being considered for

statements of support from many organizations, and will be adopted

officially by AMATYC at our fall conference this November in Little

Rock.

For more information, I'd suggest you contact your nearest community

college. Many colleges have had faculty involved in the process. If

they don't have the information, they can get in touch with their

state AMATYC affiliate. (Such as TexMATYC in Texas.)

For high school teachers who can make a conference trip, you would

probably find the AMATYC conference interesting. (We in AMATYC often

go to NCTM meetings for parallel reasons.) If you want more information

on the conference, contact the AMATYC office:

AMATYC@stim.tec.tn.us

The 1995 conference revolves around implementing the Standards, so you'd

see quite a few presentations at the college algebra level and below.

I hope this helps!

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