Math-Stats Dept meeting
Oct 17, 2014
1200--1300
M-303
Present: Arata, Boyes, Kovacs, Noffsinger, Papin (by phone), David Perez, Stemmann, Steverson, Thoo, Wardlaw
Minutes
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1) Kovacs informed us the the BSI Committee has approved funding for a Mathematics Adjunct Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG) in Spring 2015. She will now contact our adjunct instructors about the FIG.
2) Kovacs informed us that the next Math Boot Camp (MBC) will commence 11/7. The MBC will continue 11/21 plus 4 days in January. A couple of adjunct instructors will be helping.
3) Kovacs brought us up to date on the new BSI AEW that she has organized together with Kristina Vanucci. The BSI AEW are geared toward Math 110 and 111 students, and features workshop topics like "fractions." Kovacs reports that attendance has been low, and that they will add an hour to try to attract more students.
4) Arata asked how we are finding the newly adopted textbooks for Math 110 and 111 (published by XYZ Textbooks). Many say that they have found the textbooks to be generally ok. Kovacs reported that she had heard one negative comment. [What is it?]
5) Noffsinger asked if the Math-Stats Dept Web page ms.yccd.edu/math, which was originally designed for both Wdlnd and Msvl use, should be remodeled so that it is solely for YC now. He reported that WCC has its own Math-Stats Web page. We had no problem with remodeling ms.yccd.edu/math to be solely for YC. Noffsinger will contact WCC to find out if they are also ok with that. If they are, then he will proceed with the remodeling.
6) Associate's degree GE Area D2 requirement. Students have to complete 3 units selected from the courses that are listed under Area D2 Communication and Analytical Thinking. Currently, the Area D2 requirement includes Math 1A, 7, 9, 10, 15, 20, 21, 25, 51, 52. (Math 7 will need to be removed because it has been inactivated.) The counselors have asked us to add Math 58 to the Area D list of courses.
Because the Mathematics Competency requirement (compulsory) is 1) Any mathematics or statistics course that has Math 50 as a prerequisite; or 2) Any higher level mathematics or statistics course, completion of the Mathematics Competency requirement automatically completes the entire Area D requirement in many instances if courses may double count for both the Competency requirements and the GE Area requirements.
Noffsinger informed us that courses indeed may double count for both the Competency requirements and the GE Area requirements. It was posed, therefore, if we should amend the list of math and stats courses for Area D2 or the Math Competency requirement (or both). The concern is that, as it is, the Area D2 requirement is merely a "check box," and that students may not be getting the breath the GE requirement intended. Perez commented that many sociology courses (e.g., speech) will be taken by transferring students, so they are gaining breath. Our concern is for the students who will terminate with an associate's degree.
Thoo will enquire of the Curriculum Committee on their stand on this matter.
7) At the October 18, 2013, Dept meeting, Thoo asked how long an unsuccessful adjunct instructor applicant should have to wait before being considered again. The consensus was that it would be reasonable to wait two years unless there was evidence that a significant change has occurred for the interested person.
We revisited our policy, and the consensus now is that a one year wait is reasonable. Therefore, the policy is so revised.
8) We had already revised the CSLO for Math 52. Boyes informed us that she will reorder the list of CSLO to make it easier to keep track of which CSLO we will be replacing for assessment from semester to semester.
We agreed that the revised CSLO for Math 110 and 111 will go into effect in Spring 2015.
Steverson asked how close are we to being fully compliant with SLO assessment. Boyes said that we are close, but that we need a cycle and to finish linking [CSLO to PSLO]. We also need to put "actions" in Tracdat.
9) David Perez, our counseling rep, informed us about SSSP. Among the requirements for SSSP, first-time students now must see a counselor, &c. There is also a requirement to provide follow-up services if a student is on probation, and also a requirement for peer counseling. Perez also informed us that there is now a 90-unit limit for receiving financial aid, and students must petition to receive financial aid if they have exceeded 90 units. Also, the fee waiver is now tied to probation.
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On Oct 21, 2014, at 7:23 AM, Kathryn Boyes wrote:
â€‹Here is the new order for the Math 52 SLOs. We will assess 2,3,4
1. Demonstrate understanding of logarithmic properties
2. Perform operations on rational expressions
3. Analyze and graph a quadratic function
4. Solve a problem involving exponential equations
5. Perform operations on radical expressions
6. Solve a problem involving quadratic equations
I will work on changing the order of the Math 111 and 110 SLOs and then send those out to the department to review before putting them in TracDat.
Here are the other proposed SLOs that have been developed.
Proposed Math 20 SLOs
1. Solve an equation by applying a combination of methods
2. Simplify a difference quotient
3. Analyze a rational function
4. Find the domain of a function (maybe add possible types? Logarithm, square root?)
5. Find the zeros of a polynomial
Other Math 20 topics we thought might make the list:
-Inverses
-exponential or logarithmic applications
-system of equations
-conic sections?
-sequences/series?
Proposed Math 21 SLOs
1. Graph and analyze the graph of a trigonometric function
2. Solve a trigonometric equation
3. Solve an application problem involving right triangles
4. Prove an identity
5. Find the value of a trigonometric function of an unknown angle given the value of a different trigonometric function of that angle.
Proposed Math 25 SLOs
1. Translate word problems into systems of equations and solve those using matrix methods.
2. Translate word problems into linear programming problems and solve those using the Simplex algorithm.
3. Calculate present and future values of account balance, loans and annuities.
4. Solve enumeration problems by applying basic combinatorial principles.
Proposed Math 9 SLOs
1. Graph a rational function, identifying any horizontal and vertical asymptotes.
2. Graph a function, identifying any maxima and minima.
3. Graph a function, identifying any inflection points and the correct concavity.
4. Solve an application problem that involves the marginal cost, marginal profit, or marginal revenue.
5. Find the instantaneous rate of change of a function.
6. Find an equation of the tangent line to the graph of a function.
7. Find the area bounded by the graphs of two functions. One of the functions may be f(x) = 0.
8. Solve an application problem that involves integration. This may involve a separable differential equation.