YCCD Math-Stats Dept Meeting
Date: Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015
Time: 1000--1600
Venue: CCOF Room C-3
Agenda
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X) Additions to the agenda or rearrange the topics below?
A) Stat 1 C-ID alignment (C-ID Math 11): where are we with this at WCC and YC?
B) Statpathways. Please see the statement from BOARS:
C) Waiting period to re-interview a potential adjunct instructor.
At the 2013 DMDM we agreed: "It was also decided that the following policy that YC has adopted [YC mtng Oct 18, 2013] will be uniform at both WCC and YC: An unsuccessful adjunct instructor applicant would have to wait two years before we would consider the person again unless there was evidence that a significant change had occurred for the interested person." YC has decided to change this to one year. Does WCC agree?
D) Evaluating adjuncts who teach at both WCC and YC.
At the 2013 DMDM we agreed that we would ask the deans who assign mathematics and statistics classes at WCC and YC to establish a formal process to inform each other about adjunct instructors when they are hired or evaluated. Where are we with this?
E) Associate's degree mathematics competency requirement and GE Area D2 requirement.
Ca Ed Code Section 55063 "Minimum Requirements for the Associate Degree," states in part:
Effective for all students admitted to a community college for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, competence in mathematics shall be demonstrated by obtaining a satisfactory grade in a mathematics course at the level of the course typically known as Intermediate Algebra (either Intermediate Algebra or another mathematics course at the same level, with the same rigor and with Elementary Algebra as a prerequisite, approved locally) or by completing an assessment conducted pursuant to subchapter 6 of this chapter (commencing with section 55500) and achieving a score determined to be comparable to satisfactory completion of the specified mathematics course. Satisfactory completion of a mathematics course at the level of Intermediate Algebra shall satisfy both this competency requirement and the coursework requirement set forth in subdivision (b)(1)(D)(ii) of this section.
It seems, therefore, that every course that satisfies the competency requirement must also satisfy the Area D2 requirement.
F) Credit for courses taken at other institutions.
Our past practice (at YC at least) has been that if a person has passed a mathematics or statistics course at another institution that we deem to be equivalent to a YCCD mathematics or statistics course, then that course may meet any prerequisite requirement or GE Area D requirement, BUT NOT the competency requirement. Our past practice has been that only a YCCD mathematics or statistics course may meet competency. Do we or do we not want to continue with that practice?
G) "M" (mathematics) designation in course outlines: what does it mean?
Background:
From: Shawn Frederking
Date: February 12, 2015 at 6:10:47 PM PST
To: Karsten Stemmann
Subject: The Meaning of "M"
Hello Karsten,
Would you mind forwarding this question to our Math faculty? Thanks!
Hello Everyone,
We need to clarify the meaning of the Math advisory: "M." It is currently defined in the catalog as "college-level computation skills." Would you agree with the following definition?
M= Eligible for math 50, 50A, 50B, 52, 52A, or 52B
If not, how should we define it?
Thank you for your help!
~Shawn
H) Course caps: what are they, and are they District-wide?
I) Simulcasting courses
J) Common final exams.
J1) Comments regarding last semester's
J2) Do we want to continue with District-wide common final exams, or instead have separate common final exams for WCC and YC, or no more common final exams?
J3) If we decide to continue with District-wide common final exams, then we need to have new writers for the next three years beginning Fall 2015.
J4) Problem sheets for final exams
K) Math 1A/B/C units.
L) New calculus sequence.
M) Textbooks: Math 50 and 52; Math 20; Math 21; Math 1A/B/C
N) Restructuring the Big 4: do we want to do this finally, or set it aside for the time being?
O) Do we want to offer any self-paced courses (as options)?
P) Update from Roger Davidson on what he has found out about "Big Data" programs at CSU Chico and UC Davis.
On Feb 7, 2015, at 12:34 PM, Roger Davidson wrote:
Hi John,
Here's a paragraph (or 2) about data science, my sabbatical, and what's happening at CSU Chico and UCD:
Roger Davidson is now in his 2nd quarter of study at Stanford University in data science. His first quarter included machine learning (a field heavily tied to linear algebra and statistics that studies algorithms that "learn" or recognize patterns without explicit programming) and information and network analysis (a field based on graph theory and statistics that models and analyzes many types of networks such as social, electronic, language, proteins, etc.). He has learned new computer languages such as Python and strengthened skills in others such as MATLAB.
In addition, he is beginning to interact with Robin Jeffries (new faculty at CSU Chico) to determine what if any kind of partnership could exist between YCCD and Chico to support students interested in data science. A CSU Chico program in data science is in its infancy. Robin is experiencing challenges in linking related departments (such as computer science) to the new degree, and partnerships that are coming more easily (biology) could make the program initially more narrowly focused to biological applications of statistics and data science. An initial idea is that Yuba could support Chico by supplying online courses in fundamental areas of data science that her students would need such as Python, MATLAB, a more technical R-based statistics course, and an introductory survey course in data science. She and Roger are reaching out to Duncan Temple Lang at UC Davis who seems to have a more institutionally supported project (Data Sciences Initiative, http://datascience.ucdavis.edu) to build a data science curriculum at UCD. However, the focus at UCD appears to be from a PhD-level down, with a bachelor's degree some time away. As Roger expressed to Robin, it is likely that CCCs would want to support these programs and could, but it would be imperative that these courses transfer so that students would receive credit toward degrees in data science. Another path that Roger is considering is trying to create an industry advisory board for a data science technician program (similar to an engineering technician program that exists at many CCs for the field of engineering), but this would be a daunting undertaking, particularly without institutional support. However, such a program could be truly visionary and really put YCCD on the map as an innovative institution. Or it could be an utterly bad idea doomed to failure.
--R