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WHAT ARE WE DOING?. Michael Eurgubian Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus California Mathematics Council, Community Colleges December 10, 2011 [email protected] WHAT I DID AT EACH SCHOOL. Contacted someone to make an appointment.

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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Michael Eurgubian

Santa Rosa Junior College,

Petaluma Campus

California Mathematics Council, Community Colleges

December 10, 2011

[email protected]


WHAT I DID AT EACH SCHOOL

Contacted someone to make an appointment

Studied College Catalog, Website, Schedule of Classes

Snooped around the Campus

Chatted with Scheduled Department Chair or Dean

Peeked in on Assessment Center

Visited Every Tutorial Center (Math Labs, Campus Learning)

Sampled Cafeteria Fare

Drove Home or Crashed in Lonely Hotel Room


WHAT IT ENTAILED

Four Week – Long Trips

Three 2 – 3 Day Trips

Many Day Trips


SCHOOLS VISITED

Los Angeles West College

Santa Monica College

Santa Barbara City College

Ventura College

Taft College

College of the Canyons

Mount San Antonio College

Chaffee College

San Bernadino Valley College

Riverside College

Barstow College

College of the Desert

Crafton Hills College

Modesto College

Columbia College

College of Alameda

Contra Costa College

Berkeley City College

Merritt College

Laney College

City College of San Francisco

College of San Mateo

Canada College

Lake Tahoe Community College

Sierra College

Sacramento City College

American River College

Mendocino College

College of the Redwoods

Shasta College


SCHOOLS VISITED

Los Angeles Valley College

Los Angeles Pierce College

Moorpark College

Los Angeles Mission College

Fullerton College

Santa Ana College

Golden West College

Coastline College

Long Beach City College

Los Angeles Harbor College

Pasadena City College

Glendale College

Las Positas

De Anza College

Solano College

San Diego City College

San Diego Mesa College

Cuyamaca College

Mt. San Jacinto College

Palomar College

Mira Costa College

Saddleback College

Southwestern College

Yuba College

Woodlands College


SCHOOLS VISITED

Merced College

Reedley College

College of the Sequoias

Antelope Valley College

Cerro Coso College

Bakersfield College

Porterville College

Fresno City College

West Hills College

Butte College

Feather River College

College of Marin

Hartnell College

Cabrillo College

Monterey Peninsula College


SCHOOLS YET TO BE VISITED

Mission College

West Valley College

San Jose City College

Chabot College

Los Medanos College

Napa Valley College

Diablo Valley College

Santa Rosa Junior College


DISCLAIMERS

Not a Scientific Study or Census

Much is based on hearsay

Some schools yet to visit

Remainder of schools might paint a different picture

Talked to wrong person

Impediments


Layout

According to most, the perfect layout is one in which the Offices, Classrooms, and Math Lab are all in close proximity.

70% have this set – up

Exceptions and breeches I have seen


DIVISIONS

More than are mixed with Sciences

About 5 teach CS classes

About are mixed with other departments

About are lead by Deans rather that department chairs

In three schools, Math is its own division


CLASS SIZE

About 70% of the colleges keep a class size of about 35

About 20% are 40 – 45

The rest have variable class sized per course

Only two are outliers


CALCULUS SEQUENCE

5 – 5 – 5 30 %

4 – 4 – 4 25 %

Numerous cases of combination Differential Equations / Linear

Algebra

Calculus Texts


TRANFER MAJOR / AA / AS

C1 – 2 – 3 DE – LA 35 %

C1 – C2 – C3 - Selection 45 %

Other 20 %

Plus Computer Science 20 %


WHO TEACHES WHAT

At virtually every college, all teacher teach across the curriculum

De – Facto – More than 90% of the calculus sequence is taught

by full - timers

In more that half cases, it extends to transfer level courses

For every one full time person at a campus there are one the average 2 – 3 Adjunct


ONLINE CLASSROOM AND HOMEWORK

Virtually every college’s math department offers online or hybrid classes

Among those schools who have sited instructors assigning online homework, 50 – 60% of the faculty does

Among those that do, MyMathLab 90% is the online program of choice

Overall, online / Hybrid offerings make up no more than 15% of the offerings

Exceptions


GRAPHING CALCULATORS AND

COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Graphing calculators in the classroom have fallen off significantly in last 10 years

Integration in classroom activity has also significantly declined

Only about 20% of the schools make some kind of graphing calculator option

The TI 83 – 84 is most often used at all levels; the TI – 89 was rarely cited as a requirement

Mathematica is used more than MAPLE


TEXTBOOK ADOPTION

About 40% of the campuses have departmental adoptions on all texts (exceptions often for singletons)

About 40% of the campuses require adoptions on sequence courses only

Only a couple cited complete laissez - faire


SLOS

Most mathematics departments found it easy to write course SLO’s and department SLO’s

Variety of opinions on how to assess them

Some departments have teachers imbed department problems in finals (approved)

About a dozen schools give departmental final exams

Most everyone is dead serious, not cynical

Almost all cited accreditation warnings

A few had aggressive longitudinal and diagnostic plans studies based on assessments


COMMUNICATION

Three noted collegial relationships (inter – district) between schools

San Diego County Colleges

South Central Valley

North Central Valley


REPEATABILITY

Only two schools told me it has no impact, as they had already made the change



ASSESSMENT

Most common assessment tool Accuplacer…….more than 60 %

Followed by MDTP, about 20%

Followed by Compass, just a couple

Three colleges cited their own placement test

Two colleges cited self – assessment, online

Three colleges cited “affective” questions mixed into assessment process

All cited an appeal process

Some cited a fall back / intervention program

More than 80% of the colleges said practice placement tests were available

20% of the colleges are planning to have, or already have an active “MATHJAMS” type program

The (vast?) majority of our students place into developmental courses

Virtually all said the department actively reviews cut – off scores


TUTORIAL SERVICES

Not counting MESA, DRD, almost every college has both a campus wide tutorial center and a Math lab (exceptions are mostly small campuses)

More than 75% of the colleges reported that instructors frequent tutorial centers

About 30% reported that full time instructors schedule office hours there

About 25% of the colleges allow instructors to get (lab) load

Most centers operate Monday through Friday, 8 colleges reported Saturday hours

Virtually all have sign – in requirements

Chances that the campus tutorial director has math background – pretty slim

A good Statistics tutor is hard to find


AA REQUIREMENT CHANGES

IN CURRICULUM

Less than a fourth of the colleges have pondered or have already created an alternative course to meet the new AA requirements

A great proportion of them have failed the enrollment test!

A handful use Geometry as the option

Some use other discipline – based courses already in place to serve that cohort


SPLIT ALGEBRA

Less than 30% of the campuses reported split elementary

and / or intermediate algebra courses



MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

About to of campuses reported a course for



LIBERAL ARTS MATH

Robust at some schools, 1 – 2 at others


CONFLICTS WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Only one conflict was sited, over Statistics


CONDENSED CALENDAR

Overall, equally split 16, 17, 18

Imposed by district for a handful

(Original) Math / Science / FL Opposition


FOR ME……….

THE MOST SURPRISING MOVEMENT…..



FAST – TRACKING !!!

All but a couple of schools I visited

Combination Basic Skills -- Pre – Algebra

Combination Elementary -- Intermediate Algebra

Combination Intermediate -- Pre - Calculus

“STATWAYS” Programs / Grants

In addition:

Curiosity or interest to infuse Geometry somewhere


OTHER TRIVIAL MATTERS

AND PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS


MOST BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS

Cuyamaca College


MOST UNDER CONSTRUCTION COLLEGE

Los Angeles Harbor College


PARKING PRICES

Free…..Lake Tahoe, Redwoods, West Hills

To 50 cents

Most are $1 to $2

Only two were $3

Only one is $4


SINGLE BUILDING CAMPUSES

Berkeley City College


MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED

AND GREEN

Berkeley City College



MOST ETHNICALLY UNIQUE

Glendale Community College

About Armenian students


BIGGEST PERCENTAGE OF ONLINE CLASSES

Coastline Community College

all but Basic Math and Pre - Algebra


COLLEGE WITH THE MOST SATILLITES TEACHING MATH

City College of San Francisco


PLACE I WOULD LIKE TO TEACH

THE REST OF MY CAREER

Santa Rosa Junior College


BEST NAME FOR A TUTORIAL CENTER

The Hard Math Café

Yuba College


MOST APPEALING MATH COURSE LISTED

ON A COLLEGE CATALOG

Mathematics of Poker

Lake Tahoe Community College


OTHER COMMENTS

The choices on the radio drastically change when you leave metropolitan regions

“Right down the street” means about two hours in Los Angeles

If a college is surrounded by four parking lots, remember where you parked your car

There’s a construction project of some kind ongoing at about half the colleges

The vast majority of students, teachers, and support staff are very serious and committed


WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO

Finish up templates for each school in coming months, following up with contacts questions

Have each department verify templates

Ask for input from other schools I did not visit

Create a grid for each “area of study” for all campuses, with demographics

(Ask questions to ponder, or better, create) a blog of FaceBook page where people can ask questions / post advice

Rest

Get back in the classroom


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