DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT

One of the graduation requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences is participation in Mandatory Outcomes Assessment conducted by the major program. This requirement can be found in the Arts and Sciences section of the Undergraduate Catalog, under General Graduation Requirements, and is listed on the Major Requirement Sheets for the Mathematics B.A., Mathematics B.S., and Applied Mathematics B.S. degrees.

This assessment is part of the Academic Assessment and Continuous Improvement
efforts of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The purpose of the
assessment is evaluation of the Department's major programs and it is *not*
used in the evaluation of individual students or instructors.

In the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Outcomes Assessment consists of:

- Collection of a Graduation Portfolio.
- Participation in a Senior Colloquium.
- Submission of a written version of the Senior Colloquium presentation.
- Completion of a Senior Exit Survey.

General descriptions of these requirements are given below. Please click on the appropriate links for more details.

**GRADUATION PORTFOLIO:**

Collection and submission of a
Graduation
Portfolio is
required for all students who are

- Mathematics or Applied Mathematics majors and take MATH 21001 fall semester 2006 or later, OR
- Mathematics majors who take at least one of MATH 41001 or MATH 42001 fall semester 2007 or later, OR
- Applied Mathematics majors who take at least one of MATH 40011 or MATH 40012 fall semester 2007 or later.

The portfolio will consist of work collected from various designated courses,
as well as from two 40000-level courses of the student's choice. The due date
for the complete portfolio and
Graduation
Portfolio Checklist is
the last day of classes of the semester of graduation. The contents of the
portfolio will be reviewed by faculty *after* graduation.

**SENIOR COLLOQUIUM:**

All Mathematics and Applied Mathematics majors
graduating spring 2004 or later are required to participate in the
Senior Colloquium
in
the spring of the *calendar* year of graduation. The Senior Colloquium
takes place approximately the last two weeks of April each year. Each graduating
senior is asked to give a short presentation on a mathematical topic of his or
her choice, subject to certain criteria, for an audience consisting of faculty
members and other students. Any student who has applied for spring or summer
graduation, or who anticipates applying for fall graduation, should visit the
Senior Colloquium
page
in early February for deadlines for submitting contact and scheduling forms and
to obtain more information about the colloquium.

**SENIOR COLLOQUIUM WRITE-UP:**

A complete and carefully written
version of the
Senior Colloquium
presentation
must be included in the Graduation Portfolio. In most cases, this will be the
final sample of the student's written work. As such, it should represent the
student's *best* work and conform to high standards of grammar, spelling,
punctuation, and neatness. It should be in a final polished form and not in
draft form.

**SENIOR EXIT SURVEY:**

Each graduating senior is asked to complete
and submit a
Senior
Exit Survey as
part of the Graduation Portfolio. The survey will give the student the
opportunity to comment on various aspects of the Department and its major
programs. The specific questions on the survey will vary from year to year.

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Mathematical Sciences