SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Hosting Conference on Math Curriculum

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 27, 2016) —The department of mathematics at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host the Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association’s Fall Retreat, “An Examination of the Curriculum in College-Level Mathematics Courses,”  Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, at 5840 26th St. W.

The Math in the Sun XIV Fall Retreat will explore how students and citizens in the 21st century are faced with different challenges when it comes to mathematics as we transition rapidly from an industrial society into a technology- and information-driven society.  

At a national level, the mathematics curriculum in the K-12 system is being greatly influenced by Common Core standards and the new teaching practices and assessments that accompany them. Statewide, the implementation of Florida Senate Bill 1720 has placed a greater emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and non-STEM pathways for students as they progress through the state college system, along with a push for all high school graduates to be college-ready.

In response to SB 1720, a vast amount of work has been done in examining mathematics courses and pathways leading to college-level mathematics, without a lot of discussion concerning the courses at the college level. Some of the questions to help frame the discussion at the retreat will include whether the current course objectives and/or courses are still appropriate and relevant, and whether new course objectives and/or courses should be considered.

Each session will be led by facilitators, allowing all attendees to share their ideas. At the end of the retreat, facilitators will sum up their sessions for one last open forum with the purpose of developing an outline for a document to be distributed to all mathematics faculty in the state and posted at for public review. 

For more information, contact Altay Özgener, professor of mathematics and president of FTYCMA, at

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