The Potsdam Miracle
Primarily a teacher's college, SUNY Potsdam had little experience in educating math majors and was not known for success in mathematics - until the 1980's. In 1982, the Mathematical Association of America recognized the SUNY Potsdam Math Department and praised the department for producing 10% of Potsdam's graduates. Much of this success is attributed to the teaching of Dr. Clarence Stephens, who was the chairman of the department at the time. The extraordinary success of the Math Department at Potsdam in the 1980's alone - and the teaching philosophy behind it - is commonly referred to as the Potsdam Miracle.