National Study of College Calculus Teaching

CSME has partnered with the Mathematical Association of America and NSF on a $2 million five-year National Study of College Calculus Teaching ( The goals are to improve understanding of the demographics of students who enroll in calculus, and to measure the impact of the various characteristics of calculus classes that are believed to influence student success.

Phase I of the project involved surveys of Calculus I classes in two- and four-year undergraduate programs across the United State during the Fall terms of 2010. We had the participation of 212 colleges and universities, over 700 instructors and over 14,000 students. Phase II took place in Fall 2012 with in-depth case studies of sixteen institutions that have been identified as being successful.