Monday, February 24, 2014

Math 341 Approved by Society of Actuaries for Validation by Educational Experience credit

Actuary candidates are required to complete “Validation by Educational Experience” (VEE) requirements for economics, corporate finance, and applied statistical methods in addition to passing exams and completing other membership requirements. The Society of Actuaries recently approved Math 341 (Applied Regression Analysis) to meet the regression component of the VEE requirement for Applied Statistical Methods. The approval is retroactive, applying to any students who have taken Math 341 since 2006.

Ashland University now offers courses which satisfy all the VEE requirements except the time series component of the Applied Statistical Methods requirement. To qualify for VEE credit, the candidate must earn a grade of B- or better.

For more information, you can visit the Society of Actuaries FAQs on Validation by Educational Experience at

What is an actuary?
It’s the number one job of 2013 – if you don’t know, you should! ranks careers on the basis of work environment, income, job growth outlook, and on-the-job stress. Actuary has been consistently in the top 10 for the past several years.

Actuaries are trained in risk management. They solve a variety of problems related to risk, such as determining premiums for insurance companies, helping companies establish their retirement plans, developing life insurance products and assisting banks in managing their assets and liabilities and developing ways to manage their financial risk.

Actuary Science takes a combination of strong analytical skills, business knowledge and understanding of human behavior. Interested in learning more? Check out the links below.

Be an actuary.- an overview of the career.
Ashland University's actuary program
sample curriculum

Monday, February 17, 2014

Time for Summer Planning

It may be cold and snowy outside, but it’s not too early to think about your summer plans!  

Here are some opportunities to create a summer experience that will heat up your career path. 

  • This Wednesday’s on campus Job, Internship and Graduate School Fair
  • American Mathematical Society’s Research Experience for Undergraduates summer programs.
  • Ongoing tools offered by AU Career Services

Details below.

2014 Spring Job, Internship, and Graduate School Fair
Wednesday, February 19th, 1-4 pm 
(come and go as you please)
Upper Convocation Center

Every AU student should attend!

Freshmen and Sophomores: Search for your next summer job or internship!

Juniors and Seniors:  Find your next internship or secure full-time employment!

All Students:  Obtain information about graduate programs across multiple states!

For more information, use the links below to…

including a list of employers attending the fair.

View or download the 
for more details about participating companies and schools.

American Mathematical Society
Research Experience for Undergraduates summer programs

If graduate school could be in your future, check out the American Mathematical Society’s Research Experience for Undergraduates summer programs.  This program provides opportunities working with a variety of ongoing research projects with experienced university researchers.

Miami University of Ohio is accepting applications through March 1 for its Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

A number of other opportunities are out that at universities all across the U.S.   Most offer a stipend, along with rewarding experience.

Ashland University Career Services

Even if you can’t attend this Wednesday’s event, be sure to check for summer internship and job opportunities with AU Career Services.   AU Career Connect, NEOIntern and great tools are available to all Ashland University students and alumni. Visit their homepage for more information. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Integrated Math Programs Receive National Recognition

The Ashland University Integrated Mathematics program recently received National Recognition by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). The Integrated Mathematics program prepares students to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. Both the undergraduate and bachelor’s plus programs of integrated mathematics were approved for this distinction.

The NCATE accreditation process for mathematics teacher preparation programs requires a review of the institution’s programs by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). To receive national recognition, the program must demonstrate that it meets at least 80% of the professional standards and indicators used by the review board. Institutions must provide evidence that teacher candidates know their subject and how to teach it effectively. The NCTM reviewed the curriculum, teaching methods, use of technology, and student’s knowledge and skills before making their decisions.

Because of the rigorous standards used by NCATE, teacher candidates who graduate from NCATE-accredited schools will be better prepared for initial licensing and advanced board certification. Learn more about NCATE.