2019-2020 Mathematics (BA) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Mathematics and Computer Science
Program: Mathematics (BA)
Department Chair: lgonzalez
Department Assessment Coordinator: rwojciechowski
Program Coordinator: rwojciechowski
Completed by: rwojciechowski
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/11/08 15:01:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

Our mission is to provide each mathematics major the opportunity to develop breadth and depth in theoretical and applied areas of mathematics, including computer and mathematics for teaching. Students will acquire abstract thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills which are applicable in nearly every area of life. The department aims to provide a supportive learning environment where students are given an opportunity to develop mathematically to their maximum potential. Students, with guidance from faculty, may participate in research opportunities in mathematics individually or in collaboration with their peers as well as in co-curricular activities such as seminar talks and conferences. After graduating from York College, the mathematics major may pursue graduate studies toward an advanced degree and/or work in his/her chosen career.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to think logically and construct logical arguments, and to apply mathematical proof techniques in a wide variety of mathematical areas, including algebra and analysis.

Program Student Learning Outcome

PSLO 2.2: Students should be able to understand and write basic proofs in the theory of algebraic structures, and construct homomorphisms and isomorphisms.

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

Math 336

Sample Size

13

Measure

Exams and/or assignments

Measure Type

Direct

Target

70% of students to score 3 and above


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to think logically and construct logical arguments, and to apply mathematical proof techniques in a wide variety of mathematical areas, including algebra and analysis.

Program Student Learning Outcome

PSLO 2.3: Students should be able to understand and write basic proofs that deal with the formal properties of real numbes and the theory of real-valued functions.

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

Math 423, Section CD

Sample Size

10

Measure

Exams and/or assignments

Measure Type

Direct

Target

70% of students to score 3 and above


Rationale for the Plan

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the department focused on calculus and linear algebra. These courses have a more computational focus. During the 2019-2020 academic year, we turn our focus to modern algebra and advanced calculus. These courses stress more abstract theory and conceptual understanding of the topics involved. In particular, we will hopefully see how well students perform on constructing mathematical proofs.

Data Collection and Evaluation

During Fall 2019 we will assess artifacts from a section of Math 336 which were collected in Spring 2019. During Spring 2020 we will assess artifacts from a section of Math 423 collected during Fall 2019. Two faculty members of the Department Assessment Committee: John-Thones Amenyo, Edoardo Carta-Gerardino, Thitima Srivatanakul, Virginia Thompson and Vivien Wang (on leave) will be involved in the evaluation, analysis and interpretation of the data. We will ask for help from other faculty members of the department as needed.