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Math Meeting, April 20, 2005

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Agenda

Meeting Notes

1.               Academic Senate Decision on Associate's Degree Minimum Requirement

a.       Implications?

b.      Writing a New Course

It looks like the minimum requirements for an AA/AS degree might be going up to Math 120 (previously Math 110). The Board still needs to approve this, but it will most likely happen. So, to avoid "forcing" students to take M120, we came up with a couple of interesting options that might open doors to a more applicable mathematics course for our students:

  • Technical Math (Math 410): Once offered in Canada by Jack Preston for those seeking AS degrees eg: Rad Tech.
  • General Ed Math ("lower level that M140): Various math topics that require M110 material.

Once the board approves the move, we can begin thinking about writing / rewriting the course outlines for these classes so we can offer them to our students.

 

2.      Comments on Self-Placement Article

a.       Email from Radu Toma

b.      Is self-placement feasible on our campus?

With the folks that met, we seem to agree that this idea of "self-placement" is worth a try. It gives students awareness and responsibility for their decisions. So the next steps might be to explore the existing model and see how we can bring it to our campus. One important aspect of this, however, is that we have to make sure that we have sound expectations that clearly articulate what students must be able to do before entering a class. In other words, we would need to have good SLO's so that student might be able to understand how they are placing themselves.

 

3.      Upcoming Workshop on Mon 1:30-3:00pm in Room 2-10:
Basic Skills:  Uncovering the Danger Zones to Successful Course Completion: Research presented by
Foothill College

I went to this meeting and found this to be a presentation (rather than a workshop) on Foothill's basic skills program including basic skills math. I found it to be interesting, but saw no surprises on trends and the like. They discuss special programs such as "Freshmen Experience" and "Supplemental Instructors (SI)" models. We already have a "Freshmen Success" program, but would be interesting if we can implement more programs to help our basic skills students.

Interested in the numbers? Click here for the 1MB ppt

 


4.      Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Cycle: SLOAC

a.       What's up with the new acronym?

b.      What have we come up with?

c.       Examples from Miramar College.

d.      Standardizing our SLOAC's as a part of Program Review

SLOAC: Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Cycle. The idea is to collaboratively come up with SLOs, find ways of assessing them, and then examine the results to visit the effectiveness of the instruction*, assessment, and SLOs themselves. (*: Please note that this process is NOT an evaluation of faculty. It provides a good examining curriculum and pedagogy, and believe me, after being reminded of the statistics of math students throughout the state, this is a good thing).

Thanks to Jack (M251) and Evan (M111), we have 2-5 courses to examine. We were able to come up with SLO's for Math 110 (based on Evan's work from an old course outline and his SLO's for Math 111). Here's the proof of our work. Our new challenge now is to agree on the SLOs and find ways of assessing them. See new challenge back in the Math SLOAC page.

Miramar Math Department has come up with a list of SLOs for their classes that they graciously shared with me.

SLOAC as part of program review. Although we don't have our program review until 2008, we hope to collect SLO data to include as part of our report. After our next big report, we hope to have SLOs embedded as part of our bi-annual self reports.

5.     Other SLOAC issues/announcements

  • a.      SLO article in CMC3
  • b.     SLO article in the Advocate
  • c.     SLO Philosophy statement
  • d.     Meeting in Fall, 2005
    • i.      Flex day
    • ii.      District-wide SLOAC workshop:
      Friday 9/23/05, all day at Skyline College

 

6.     Next Meeting: Wed, 5/11, 2:00 3:30

 

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