December 1, 2009


Northeast Calculus Students Participate in National Study

Calculus I students from Northeast Alabama Community College are participating in the national FICS Math study sponsored by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the National Science Foundation. Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Harvard Graduate School of Education are interested in the experiences of currently enrolled Calculus I students in learning mathematics.

The survey is administered to students from selected colleges and universities enrolled in on campus Calculus I courses, and consists of questions pertaining to students’ high school mathematics experiences. The goal of this study is to improve the high school mathematics education of American students.

Fall semester students enrolled in both Mr. Mike Bearden’s daytime Calculus I class and Ms. Gwen Mitchell’s evening Calculus I class are participating in the national study. “I found the survey very interesting and thorough. The Division of Mathematics is pleased to assist with this national study with the goal of improving mathematics education in the United States,” stated Greg Millican, Chair of the Division of Mathematics at Northeast.

For more information, contact Millican at 638-4418 or 228-6001, ext. 408 or by e-mail at

Seated are students Wayne Patterson and Glynne Emmett with Calculus I instructor Mike Bearden.