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Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences
2020-2022 Surveys


With generous funding from the National Science Foundation and on behalf of the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), the American Mathematical Society is conducting the CBMS Surveys of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Programs in the US.

Status Report: The 2021-22 Undergraduate Surveys

We have now concluded the survey phase and are working on compiling the results. You can view the survey instruments used to collect data below. Results will be published here when available.

Report: The COVID Impact Study

The COVID pandemic has affected 2-year and 4-year programs throughout the country. This new report provides insight regarding the impact on staffing, instructor training, course delivery, plans for the future, and more. 

Download and read the Final Report, the Questionnaire, and the Spreadsheet:

The CAUSE Webinar

The CBMS Survey: Measuring Characteristics and Dynamics of Undergraduate Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Programs webinar recording from August 24, 2021, is available here

A Resource for Guiding and Building Undergraduate Math/Stats Infrastructure

Conducted in October 2021, the CBMS Survey was distributed to a large sample of undergraduate mathematics and statistics programs in two-year and four-year institutions in the US. Usually conducted every five years, the Survey's reports provide valuable, long-term insight into undergraduate mathematics and statistics education. Telephone and email support is available. 

Objective Process Outcomes

Provide a comprehensive, statistically-based picture of the characteristics and dynamics of undergraduate mathematical and statistical science programs throughout the United States.

  • 2019 - 2020: prepare special COVID-19 impact survey.
  • Fall '20: conduct COVID survey.
  • Spring '21: disseminate COVID survey report .
  • Fall '21 - Winter '22: administer full survey.
  • 2022 - 23: analyze data, share preliminary findings, and prepare reports
  • Brief report on COVID-19 study.
  • Comprehensive written report on full-survey findings.
  • Online searchable databases.
  • Other topically-focused brief reports.

Policy Briefs

Download and read executive summaries of findings from past CBMS surveys:

Who is the target audience?

  • Departmental, programmatic, institutional, and system leaders
  • Mathematical education researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Wider community of undergraduate educators

Tracing Undergraduate Math and Stats Education

Every five years since 1970, the CBMS sampling survey has collected multifaceted data from mathematical and statistical sciences departments in:

  • All types of universities and colleges with four-year undergraduate programs
  • All types of community colleges with predominantly two-year programs. The CBMS Survey is unique in providing a comprehensive view of mathematics and statistics programs in two-year colleges.

The reports on these studies outline the evolution of the system of undergraduate mathematics and statistics programs over a 45-year period. They focus on such attributes as: Enrollments; Curriculum; Bachelor's degrees awarded; Course availability; Faculty demographics; Special one-time topics

Survey Project Time Frame and Updates

As the project progresses, this page will provide information and updates.

Current and Previous Reports

Principal Investigators

Ellen. E. Kirkman, PhD Richelle Blair, PhD Thomas H. Barr, PhD, MBA

Professor of Mathematics
Wake Forest University

Professor Emerita
Lakeland Community College

Director of Programs
American Mathematical Society

Visiting Scholar in Mathematics
Brown University

Steering Committee

  • Ed Aboufadel, Grand Valley State University
  • Elizabeth Burroughs, Montana State University
  • Beth Chance, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Ted Coe, NWEA
  • T. J. Hitchman, University of Northern Iowa
  • Dennis Pearl, Penn State University
  • Emily Puckette, The University of the South
  • April Strom, Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Linda Zientek, Sam Houston State University