Making an IMPACT

On November 15 – 18 the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges held its 44th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The theme was Bright Ideas. Belaboring the joke that ran through the conference, it was a magical time. The conference featured traditional 50-minute talks, workshops, chat-and-chews, an elaborate poster session, mini-sessions, focus groups, and meetings. There was also an exhibit hall with the latest in math-related texts, tech, digital learning options, ancillaries, and support options.

One of the key focuses of the conference was the roll out of the “IMPACT” document. IMPACT is an acronym for Improving Mathematical Prowess and College Teaching. The document supports and does not replace AMATYC’s Beyond Crossroads mathematical standards document.

The key to the importance of the IMPACT document lies in the term “Prowess”. This again becomes an acronym representing four pillars:

  1. PR       proficiency
  2. OW     ownership
  3.  E         engagement
  4. SS        student success

An executive summary of the document.

The full document:

There were two keynote talks:

  1. Billy Hix,  Math Really Rocks!! An Astronomer’s Journey
  2. Guadalupe Quintanilla, An Ongoing Challenge: Success in Education

Additionally, there were two featured speakers:

  1. Jeffery Allbritten, Mathematics Literacy in Higher Education: A Four Decade Review
  2. Mark Shafer, Facilitating an Analytics Transformation: The Disney Story

You can access videos of the keynote and featured speakers and all conference proceedings here:

Save the Date for 2019: The 45th annual meeting will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin November 14 – 17, 2019. AMATYC is accepting proposals for that conference until February 1, 2019.