Events


Upcoming Events

CONNECT Math

Spring Seminar

Bridgewater State University

May 23, 4:00 - 8:00 PM

The CONNECT Math group is still in the planning stages for this event.  Please continue to visit the website for more details.

 

 

 

 

Past Events

 CONNECT Math: A Partnership in Higher Education

Joint Math Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

January 4, 2012, 5:45PM

 Abstract: Since 2007, the CONNECT Math Partnership has been making a positive impact on undergraduate mathematics education in southeastern Massachusetts.  The structure and collaboration between mathematics faculty at three community colleges, two state colleges, and a state university will be outlined.  The goals of the group and the impact of our outreach will be discussed.  These include: continuing to promote consistency in mathematics preparedness of native and transfer students; easing transfer of mathematics courses among the six institutions; and extending and expanding communication among mathematics faculty at the six institutions.

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CONNECT Math Spring Seminar

Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA

May 11, 2011

In an effort to continue opening the lines of communication and working relationships among mathematics faculty members in two- and four-year institutions, the CONNECT Math group is excited to introduce the Spring CONNECT Math Seminar.

 

Session 1: Precalculus Activities that Engage Students

Professor Anita Penta, Wentworth Institute of Technology

The session will focus on a series of activities designed to demonstrate precalculus topics in actual applications.  In consultation with members of the other technical departments, mathematics faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology developed a series of interdisciplinary investigations to actively involve students and motivate them in their understanding of various precalculus topics.  A few of the investigations will be presented and discussed, as well as the process that led to their creation.

 

Session 2: Look at Mathematics: Examples from the World of

Contemporary Art

Professor Marcia Kemen, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Mathematical ideas and patterns set rules for planning or executing the artwork that is explored in this presentation.  Concrete Art and design, and art movement the evolved in the 1930’s, in the representation of abstractions in very real colors, designs and graphic images.  This presentation will include examples of Concrete Art as well as extending to the current work that is being done in the same vein.  The works illustrate concepts including linear and quadratic relationships, number patters, stochastic processes and more.

 

 

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Collegial Conversations in Math

Southeastern MA Regional Readiness Conference

Kingston, MA

April 13, 2011

The CONNECT Math members, along with K-12 faculty, facilitated small group discussions with preK – 12 faculty and administration, as well as college faculty and administration.  The discussion aimed at understanding the gap in mathematical achievement between High School and College.  Participants focused on the following questions:

-          What do you see as the differences between a student who is prepared for college-level math and a student who is not?

-          What are some challenges to narrowing the high school to college math readiness gap?

-          What actions can be taken so that more students have a seamless transition between high school and college-level math?

CIHE Session: Assessment Collaborations in Writing and Math

NEASC 125th Annual Meeting and Conference

Boston, MA

December 1, 2010

We were very pleased to be invited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to be members of a panel discussing collaborations in Mathematics and Writing.  Our discussion included a description of the structure of CONNECT, the work of the Math group, and the development of our transfer agreement.

 

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CONNECT Math: Discuss Essential Topics in Calculus I and Statistics

36th Annual American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Conference

Boston, MA

November 13, 2010

The Math group facilitated a workshop session at the 2010 AMATYC conference, where the main focus was for mathematics faculty members to consider essential topics in Calculus I and Statistics.  We also described the work of the CONNECT Math group and the structure of our transfer agreement.

 

Abstract:

Engage in a discussion of the essential topics in  I and Statistics for purposes of transferability.  Learn about the regional work of the CONNECT Math Project and benefits of opening the door for communication among neighboring higher education institutes.  Learn how to create a similar network in your region.

 

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2010 Massachusetts Public Higher Education Transfer Symposium,

Museum of Science, Boston, MA

May 25, 2010

In May 2010, members of the CONNECT Math project facilitated working sessions at the 2010 Transfer Symposium, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the Museum of Science in Boston.  The symposium focused on learning outcomes for non-majors Biology courses.  Biology faculty members from public higher education institutions from across the state were in attendance.  At the conclusion of the day-long meeting, CONNECT Math members were able to help the biology faculty come to a consensus on a draft of common learning outcomes for non-majors courses.

Third Annual CONNECT Math Conference: College Math Initiatives from Your Backyard, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

February 26, 2010

In February 2011, we held our annual CONNCET Math conference.  The goal of this event was to convey the importance of transfer pathways and to highlight several of the successful mathematics initiatives on-going in the southeastern region, as well as in the Commonwealth. 

 

Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard was inspiring during her keynote, where she discussed the critical role of faculty members in facilitating students pursuing the transfer pathway, particularly in STEM fields.  We hope you will watch the video of her keynote, if you missed it or if you would like to be inspired again!

 

Other aspects of the day included breakout sessions, publisher presentations, and an invited poster session. View Conference Program

 

We concluded the day with a town hall activity were participants had the opportunity to discuss engaging students in the study of mathematics.  Feel free to read a summary of the activity and responses to the questions discussed during the session.  We hope this information will be a resource you can use to help engage students in the study of mathematics. 

Second Annual CONNECT Math Conference: Essential Topics in Mathematics

Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA

May 21, 2009                   

In May 2009, members of the CONNECT Math project facilitated working sessions where faculty from the six CONNECT institutions could share their opinions of essentials topics for Statistics, Precalculus, and Calculus.  Representatives from the Department of Higher Education also shared data which supported the importance of transferability of courses and a report about the nature of students’ math achievement as they transition from high school to college.  The day concluded with an open discussion with area high school faculty members.

 

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Student Transfer within Public Higher Education Institutions in Massachusetts: Establishing Course Equivalencies Based on Common Student Outcomes

Program on Curriculuar innovation

Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

April 20, 2009

The CONNECT Math group was invited to Harvard University to join a panel and speak about the uniqueness of our faculty collaboration to an audience of administrators and faculty members from Chilean Universities.  Also included on the panel where Dr. Francesca Purcell, from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and Dr. Joan Becker, from UMASS Boston.

Precalculus Mathematics Workshop and Technology Forum

Pearson Education

Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center, Shrewsbury, MA

March 27, 2009

As part of Pearson Education’s first annual Precalculus Forum, CONNECT Math described the structure of the CONNECT partnership and our recent data on essential topics in precalculus.

 

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Beginning the Statewide Mathematics Discussion

Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills, MA

February 27, 2009

Commissioned by the Chief Academic Officers of the Massachusetts Community Colleges, CONNECT Math members facilitated a day-long program opening regional discussions about the nature of Precalculus and Calculus I courses at community colleges.  The meeting was attended by mathematics faculty members from community colleges statewide.

 

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First Annual CONNECT Math Conference: Bridging Mathematics in Southeastern Massachusetts

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzard’s Bay, MA

May 20, 2008

Our first annual conference drew more faculty than we could even hope for.  It provided us an opportunity to make corrections and clarify information gathered from the CONNECT Mathematics Departments, as well as update and share information from the established math tracks.  Most importantly, it provided an opportunity for mathematics faculty in the CONNECT region to get to know each other and learn about each other’s courses. 

Facilitating Transfer of General Education Courses across Two- and Four- Year Public Institutions 

Integrative Designs for General Education and Assessment

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Boston, MA

February 21-23, 2008

Abstract:

Since Spring 2006, mathematics faculty from CONNECT, a partnership of the six public two- and four-year institutions of higher education in Southeastern Massachusetts, have been meeting to discuss comparable mathematics courses at the various institutions.  The overarching goal is to improve the success of students who transfer among these institutions.  The specific goals include developing a compendium of learning outcomes for college-level mathematics, improving the alignment of learning goals for undergraduate mathematics, equalizing the preparation of native and transfer students at the four-year campuses, facilitating the transfer of mathematics courses, and identifying and developing a roadmap for overcoming challenges uncovered in this project.  Facilitators will report on the nature of the findings, the positive outcomes of the project, the challenges encountered, and their hopes for the future. Participants will be encouraged to share the issues their campuses encounter in the articulation of general education courses across institutions.

CONNECT Math:  Facilitating transfer in Mathematics – Massachusetts Community College Teaching & Learning Conference

Roxbury Community College, Roxbury, MA

April, 2007

In the early stages of the CONNECT Mathematics Project, the group began outreach to math faculty, sharing the goals, methods and preliminary outcomes of the project.  Discussion centered on methods used for data collection of comparable math courses at CONNECT institutions, course level topics and outcomes, and the ultimate goal of facilitating the transfer of mathematics courses.  The session included the nature of preliminary data collected, findings, and future aspirations.  In addition to sharing the work of the CONNECT Math Project, participants were encouraged to share transfer issues at their institutions.

 

CONNECT Math:  Facilitating Transfer in Mathematics

New England Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA

April 21, 2007

In the relative early stages of the CONNECT Mathematics Project, the group began outreach to math faculty, sharing the goals, methods and preliminary outcomes of the project.  Discussion centered on methods used for data collection of comparable math courses at CONNECT institutions, course level topics and outcomes, and the ultimate goal of facilitating the transfer of mathematics courses.  The session included the nature of preliminary data collected, findings, and future aspirations.  In addition to sharing the work of the CONNECT Math Project, participants were encouraged to share transfer issues at their institutions.

 

CONNECT Math: Facilitating Transfer in Mathematics

33rd Annual American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Conference Minneapolis, MN

Spring 2007

Abstract: 

Mathematics faculty from CONNECT schools have been discussing comparable math courses at their institutions. Goals include developing learning outcomes, aligning learning goals, and facilitating the transfer of mathematics courses. Methods used, the nature of findings, and future aspirations will be reported. Participants will be asked to share transfer issues.