Math-Stats Dept meeting
Jan 23, 2015
1105--1204
M-1194
Present: Ray Arata, Boyes, Kovacs, Noffsinger, Papin (via telephone), David Perez, Steverson, Thoo, Wardlaw
Minutes
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1) Kovacs reported that results from last semester's BSI AEW (for Math 110 and 111) have not yet been prepared, but it appears that the students did well in their classes. There are plans to hold another BSI AEW this semester for two days per week, but the dates and times have not yet been set. Anyone who is interested should contact Kristina Vanucci.
2) Kovacs reported the the Adjunct Instructor Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG) that she last semester had planned to hold this semester has been canceled. Not enough adjunct instructors registered an interest in participating. She will think about trying to hold an Adjunct Instructor FIG again in the future.
3) Kovacs reported on the Math Boot Camp. Although Phase I (last summer) was very successful, Phase II (held over two days last Nov and four days during the week before the Spring classes started) was not very successful. Only five students participated, and of those five only three retook the placement test. One student did bump up from having been placed in Math 110 to being placed in Math 52, which was a success. Nevertheless, Kovacs is optimistic about Phase III this Spring.
Kovacs reported that she struggled with staffing for Phase II, and will prefer and try to staff Phase III with a full-time instructor or a reliable adjunct instructor. Phase III will be held on Wed from 1800 to 2000 starting the second Wed in Apr. Emma Willard (student) will advertise the Math Boot Camp during Quick Reg. Perez reported that the counselors really support the Math Boot Camp, and that they are pushing it among students.
Papin asked if there are any results on how the students who were in Phase I (last summer) did in their math courses after bumping up on the placement test. Kovacs said that we do not have those results yet, but that she will be getting them from Armand.
4) Arata asked if Math 110 will continue to be offered in the future, or if Math 111 will be the lowest course offered. Perez advocated that we continue to Math 110. The discussion about the reorganization of the Big 4 is still ongoing, so no decision about Math 110 specifically has been made. Thoo said that he is thinking that, at least here at Msvl, we may want to ask the Learn Dept to offer a "Learn 110" in place of our Math 110. It could even be the identical course. The advantages that he sees are (i) it would free up math faculty and (ii) the MQ to teach Learn 110 would be less than a master's in mathematics. Perez indicated that a Learn 110 would be alright, just as long at Math 110 is continued to be offered in some form by some dept.
5) Wardlaw reported that he is offered a Math 1A AEW this semester at 1300 on Fridays in room M-849. This semester the AEW is applying concepts and skills learnt in the classroom to applied problems. Wardlaw said that it would be alright for Thoo's Math 1A students to participate.
6) Wardlaw announce primarily to the stats instructors that the data set in the new edition of the statistics textbook has changed, and that the computers in the lab M-847 are currently being updated. ACTION: Steverson will see to it that the computers in the classroom-labs at Sut will be similarly updated.
7) Thoo asked about status of the Stat 1 C-ID course alignment (C-ID Math 110). No one seemed to know. ACTION: Thoo will ask Matt Clark if he knows.
8) This semester Math 58 was canceled for low enrollment yet again. Math 58 has been offered four times since its creation a few years ago, and it has been canceled every time but once. (It was not canceled last Spring even though there were only eight students enrolled.) Thoo asked if we should continue to offer Math 58 or to inactivate it. Math 58 is presently scheduled to be offered in Fall 2015. The consensus was that we should still offer Math 58 in Fall 2015, but to change it to a 12-week late-start class. ACTION: Thoo will ask Stemmann about changing Math 58 in Fall 2015 to a 12-week late-start class.
Perez mentioned that he thinks students may not receive financial aid for late-starting classes. He will check on this.
Steverson posited that students who are intending to transfer to a four-year college, even if not immediately, would be inclined to take Math 52 over Math 58. Thoo countered that students who are not planning to transfer immediately should not take Math 52 until they are ready to take their transfer mathematics or statistics course so that it will be fresh. Thoo also suggested that the course name for Math 58 be changed from "Quantitative Reasoning" to something more appealing, like "Math for Everyday Living." There was agreement that the course title should be changed when the Math 58 outline is due for updating.
9) Math 1A is being taught at Sut for the first time this semester. Thoo, who is teaching the course, reported that enrollment is low (ten). He suggested that we may want to offer Math 1A at Sut in the evening next Spring. Everyone agreed that this may be a good move. ACTION: Perez will ask Leticia Gomez to follow up on times to offer Math 1A at Sut.
10) Steverson raised the possibility of "simulcasting" courses either inter-site or intra-site. Simulcasting means teaching a class in one room while it is simultaneously being broadcasted into another room a la Polycom. Students would thus be able to participate in the class in real time, and this would allow more flexibility in our offerings, particularly the singletons. Steverson said that we ought to pilot simulcasting one course in Fall. Kovacs indicated that she is willing to pilot simulcasting Math 20 in Summer. Many details would need to be worked out before a pilot (e.g., proctoring of quizzes or tests). ACTION: Steverson and Thoo will look into this.
11) Adjunct evaluations. Thoo asked everyone please to volunteer to evaluate the adjunct instructors this semester. He passed around a list.
Euna Chong [WARDLAW]
Math 50A TTh 1-2:15
Math 52A TTh 2:30-3:45
Mark Davenport
Math 50B (Beale) MW 4:40-6:30
Math 52 (Beale) MW 7:40-9:30
Sasha Friedman
Math 111 MW 1-2:50
Math 50 MW 3-4:50
Mark Hoffner [STEVERSON]
Math 111 (Sut) TTh 5:30-7:20
Math 52 (Sut) MW 1-2:50
Math 111 (Sut) MW 3-4:50
Dung Nguyen
Stat 1 (Sut) MW 10-12:15
Sherry Wallin
Math 111 MW 8-9:50
Math 111 MW 10-11:50
Bryan White [KOVACS]
Math 52 MW 8-9:50
Math 52 MW 10:11:50
Math 110 MW 2:30-3:45
Moua Xiong
Math 110 TTh 5:30-6:45
Math 50 TTh 7:30-9:20
Ivan Zaigralin
Math 50 (Sut) TTh 10-11:50
Stat 1 (Sut) TTh 1-3:15
12) Steverson reported that he is on the Yuba College Outreach Task Force (TF) as the Math-Stats rep. The TF seeks to reach out to the local high schools.
13) Boyes reported that there is nothing pressing on SLOs at this time. She is entering CSLO results into Tracdat. She is also compiling the results from the last two semesters plus summer to evaluate the PSLOs.
Boyes said that we still need to confirm the revised CSLOs for Math 20 and 21. We can do this at the next meeting.
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.
14) Perez gave a Counseling update. YC did receive SSSP grant money, and it will be used in part to hire three counselors (two at Msvl and one at Sut, with one replacing Fatima Ruiz who transferred to WCC). The positions will be full-time, categorical, non-tenure track. The SSSP money is also being used to fund a peer advising program that is already underway. Part of the SSSP mandate is to catch students who may be failing before they go on probation, and counseling and peer advising are aimed to accomplish that. Finally, Perez reported that Dr Marisela Arce, Student Services Dean, will be retiring by the end of this month.
15) A new organizational structure has been proposed for YC. Under the new structure, Mathematics, Science, Engineering, CTE, and Business would all be in one division. Steverson asked if any of us think this new org structure will be beneficial or detrimental for us getting the Divisional support that we need. E.g., with such a large division, would the div dean be overwhelmed? Thoo suggested that we continue this discussion.
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