Background of the CCMS



       The Claremont Consortium has six independent mathematics programs, staffed collectively by over 50 faculty members. If all these programs were merged into one single program it would be one of the largest mathematical science programs in California. However, the unique nature of the Consortium -- seven financially independent institutions -- precludes such a merger. Although these separate programs cooperate in many ways to create a rich and vibrant mathematical experience, this separation impedes the full use of the talent and expertise present in the Consortium because of the time constraints in administering each of the individual programs. With the enthusiastic endorsement of the six mathematics departments, the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences (CCMS) was proposed in April 2007 to provide a way to link all the Consortium mathematics programs operationally without actually merging them, thereby enabling mathematics research and other collaborative initiatives on an unprecedented scale in Claremont. CCMS will pursue initiatives that enhance collaborative activities on campus for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and provide programs that emphasize creative teaching practice. In the Fall of 2007, the Academic Deans Committee approved the existence of CCMS as an official entity with the proviso that one institution in the Consortium would act as the lead institution. The CCMS Executive Committee approved Claremont Graduate University (CGU) as the CCMS lead institution. [read more >>]