Background of the CCMS (Cont.)

The internationally acclaimed Claremont Colleges Consortium  currently houses five undergraduate institutions: Harvey Mudd College (HMC), Claremont McKenna College (CMC), Pomona College (POM), Pitzer College (PIT), Scripps College (SCR); and two graduate institutions: Claremont Graduate University (CGU), which serves as the graduate school for the entire Consortium, and the Keck Graduate Institute for the Applied Life Sciences (KGI). These institutions are independent but share some common facilities (such as the library, business office, etc) and are all located contiguously in Claremont, California.

All mathematics faculty in Claremont Colleges have regular demands that make it difficult for them to find uninterrupted time for collaborative activities.  Indeed, because of the high administrative workload, and the desire of each College to be all things for their own students, the practice of collaborative mathematics activities has received short shrift.  In the undergraduate departments, senior theses are common and take considerable faculty time in their supervision, and hence the faculty's contact hours with students are much higher than in  colleges outside Claremont.  The small CGU mathematics faculty administers half a dozen separate graduate programs, and serves on various Ph. D. committees of about  60 doctoral students. The mathematics departments in the Consortium, as elsewhere, place high value on research as a component of achieving tenure, promotion, and, in the case of CGU, funding for students as well.  An unfortunate consequence of these pressures is that young faculty in Claremont are presented with an unnecessary conflict of interest:  time spent on innovative teaching may cost them tenure or promotion. The CCMS will ameliorate this conflict of interest.

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