Berry College's math majors recently scored in the 97th percentile nationwide on the Major Field Test.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, senior mathematics majors from Berry took the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test which is a comprehensive undergraduate assessment designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. In particular, the Major Field Test for Mathematics consists of 50 questions that are focused on the broad categories of calculus, algebra, routine, non-routine, and applied problems.
Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Math and Computer Science Department Eric McDowell was elated by the results.
"Students who study mathematics at Berry have learning opportunities that go far beyond what is offered at most other institutions," McDowell said. "Our commitment to delivering our curriculum using inquiry-based methodologies and the frequency with which our students carry out independent research both at Berry and through summer research programs … are just some of the secrets of our success."
Berry uses the Major Field Test as an unbiased means of comparing its academic programs with those of other institutions. The Berry Department of Mathematics and Computer Science uses the results as a means of assessing the effectiveness of the mathematics curriculum, McDowell said.
Written by Student Public Relations Supervisor Hayden Sloan