We are proud to share that two programs within the Department of Mathematical Sciences have received recognition at the national level.

Actuarial Science

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Ball State University was a 2017 Casualty Actuarial Society University Award winner.

According to the society, “Ball State was recognized as a 2017 award winner for initiatives such as:

  • Development of materials and coursework that support the broader property and casualty community (including work published by Professor Dean, who has authored or co-authored materials on the CAS syllabus).
  • Risk management classes that utilize insurance company simulation software, and papers by faculty that describe how to implement such software.
  • Courses supporting evolving actuarial practices, including Generalized Linear Modeling and the use of R programming language. The capstone course applied these practices as teams designed private passenger automobile rating plans, developed reports supporting the plans and peer reviewed the work of other teams”

In 2017, the undergraduate Teaching Major in Mathematics received national recognition by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics/Council or the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCTM/CAEP).

The Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation reviews departments, schools, and colleges which prepare teachers and other educators. After completing a program, teachers seek licensure or certification from the state in which they wish to teach.

Why is accreditation important?

By receiving national accreditation, our mathematics education program has demonstrated that it meets standards for the preparation of new teachers set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders.

“The CAEP Standards and their components flow from two principles:

  • Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  • There must be solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.”