ERIC Number: ED333799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-12
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Mathematics and Statistics: State University System of Florida.
Hilton, Peter; Anderson, Richard L.
This report presents a second program review of Mathematics and Statistics in the State University System of Florida (SUS) that was conducted in 1989-90. The report reveals that all nine SUS institutions offer degree programs in Mathematics; five SUS institutions offer 10 degree programs in Statistics. It is noted that improvement has occurred since the last program review five years ago; however, the following areas are still of concern: (1) faculty salaries are low and uncompetitive compared to national levels; (2) stipends for graduate assistants are low compared to national levels; and (3) the State University should not mandate class size in mathematics courses. Six issues surrounding these disciplines are presented for consideration by the universities. First, morale among graduate students could be improved by focusing on their role as apprentice mathematicians and statisticians. Second, administrators need to recognize the need for interaction between colleagues in these disciplines and supply the necessary resources and facilities. Third, colleges should use fewer adjuncts in teaching mathematics. Fourth, serious reassessment of state statistical programs is necessary. Fifth, administrators need to be aware of the need for new statistics programs in the SUS Master Plan. And sixth, statistics should be taught by statisticians. Four appendices identify consultants and coordinators and give salary information. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: State Univ. System of Florida, Tallahassee. Board of Regents.
Identifiers: Florida; State University System of Florida