CBMSConference Board of Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) 2021 Survey

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 Survey of Undergraduate Mathematics Programs in the US.

A Resource for Guiding and Building Undergraduate Math/Stats Infrastructure

Objective Process Outcomes

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

  • 2019 - 2020: prepare special COVID-19 impact survey.
  • Fall '20: conduct special survey.
  • Spring '21: finalize full CBMS survey instrument.
  • Fall '21: 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.

Special COVID-19 Impact Study

In October 2020, the CBMS will conduct a survey of two- and four-year departments focused on their experiences regarding teaching, learning, course delivery, curriculum, and personnel resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all recipients of the survey to respond in a timely fashion, as we anticipate reporting in early 2021 in sufficient time to provide the community information useful in planning for summer and fall of 2021.

Policy Briefs

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

Leadership Fellow and Mathematics Consultant Charles A. Dana Center
University of Texas at Austin

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, Achieve
  • 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