Department Vision, Mission, and Goals

Department Vision:

The Kutztown University Department of Mathematics strives to be one of the premier departments at the University and in the region by:

  1. Providing opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to excel academically in the study of mathematics.
  2. Offering a well-balanced mathematics curriculum that enables students to be capable of reasoning logically, abstractly, and practically.
  3. Enhancing the field of mathematics and mathematics education through continued and sustained scholarly activities.
  4. Serving the region as experts in mathematics and mathematics education.

Department Mission:

The mission of the Kutztown University Department of Mathematics is:

  1. To provide the best possible classroom instruction and academic services in support of each program of study in the Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University.
  2. To provide opportunities for research and creative activities that will enhance the educational experiences of our students.
  3. To promote continuous growth and development of faculty.
  4. To provide professional services to the region.

Our mission is directly related to the University mission.  A review of the University mission statement shows that our Departmental programs and activities are consistent with that statement.

The Department of Mathematics prepares our students for careers or graduate study in mathematics and mathematics education, while at the same time provides appropriate mathematical training for those students with specialties in other fields.

As a result of increased recognition by the general public of the contributions mathematics makes to society, the opportunities and expectations of all programs in mathematics have increased.  The need for, and appreciation of, mathematical literacy in almost all areas of study seems to be increasing.  A greater emphasis is being placed on the importance of mathematics in elementary and secondary schools.  Schools across the country face a critical and growing shortage of highly qualified mathematics teachers. The demand from industry for university graduates with majors in mathematics is high and is expected to remain so.  The scientific research community has endorsed mathematics as one of the priority areas of support in the coming years. Technological innovations also identify new areas of mathematical emphases needed by contributing professionals.

Student Goals:

Upon completion of the program, the graduates should:

  1. Achieve proficiency in mathematical computational skills and their applications.
  2. Formulate and evaluate mathematical examples, conjectures, arguments, and proofs.  
  3. Apply and adapt a variety of strategies to solve problems in mathematics or other disciplines.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills while conveying mathematics.  
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology in mathematics.