This book grew out of a report by a subcommittee of the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, chaired by Bernie Madison, and out of a concern by Sandy Keith that mathematicians take assessment seriously. The introductions by Lynn Steen and Bernie Madison set the context more fully.
We would like to acknowledge the support of the institutions at which this book was edited, and of the
staff who helped us with the details. In particular, at Wabash College (Bonnie Gold's former institution),
Marcia Labbe wrote all the initial letters inviting contributions and the computer center staff, particularly Kelly
Pfledderer and Carl Muma, helped with translating electronic versions of articles in many different formats into
usable form. At Valparaiso University, Paula Scott, secretary of the Department of Mathematics and Computer
Science, provided Bill Marion with significant word processing help in corresponding with the authors of the articles
in the section on assessing the major, especially during the revision stage. We would also like to acknowledge
the very helpful suggestions of the Notes subcommittee which worked with us, Nancy Baxter Hastings,
Mary Parker, and Anita Solow.