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Math & Core Competencies. “Will I ever use this?”. A person who is competent in quantitative reasoning possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers , and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues. .

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Math & Core Competencies

“Will I ever use this?”

A person who is competent in quantitative reasoning possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues.

Quantitative Reasoning…Solving real-world problems.

A person who is quantitatively literate can use numerical, geometric, and measurement data and concepts, mathematical skills, and principles of mathematical reasoning to draw logical conclusions and to make well-reasoned decisions.


We want our graduates to:

  • use logical and mathematical reasoning within the context of various disciplines;

  • interpret and use mathematical formulas;

  • interpret mathematical models such as graphs, tables and schematics and draw inferences from them;

  • use graphical, symbolic, and numerical methods to analyze, organize, and interpret data;

  • estimate and consider answers to mathematical problems

  • determine reasonableness;

  • represent mathematical information numerically, symbolically, and visually, using graphs and charts.

  • CVCC vs. National Norms--2012 results indicate that we are on par with the national norms

  • Status Quo vs. Excellence

ETS Test Results

  • Three levels of increasing difficulty

    • Level 1

    • Level 2

    • Level 3

  • Levels are foundational

    • A student proficient at Level 3 is also proficient at Levels 1 and 2.

Levels of Proficiency

  • Math for the sake of Math

  • Math for the support of specific disciplines

  • Math for general knowledge and a more highly educated population

The Beauty of Mathematics

  • College-ready vs. Not College-ready

  • About half of our students entering our doors need developmental math

  • Newly Redesigned Developmental Math Program

How can the Math department help CVCC achieve success…

Redesigned Curriculum for Developmental Mathematics

  • Assess which of these developmental math skills are necessary for particular disciplines and programs

    • Technical & Occupational Disciplines

    • Physical Sciences

    • General Education/Other Programs

  • Virginia Placement Test – The new test is not only a placement test, but is a diagnostic tool as well.

Ensure Student Readiness for Underprepared students

Ensure Student Readiness for Underprepared students

  • Clearly delineate and state core prerequisites so that students are aware of prerequisite skills and counselors can adequately advise students.

    • Students enrolling in MAC courses must show proficiency in MTT Units 1-3.

    • Students enrolling in CHM 111 must show proficiency in MTT Units 1-9.

  • Students lacking proficiency in necessary skills enroll in necessary units of study and show mastery of curriculum.

College-Ready Students…

General Studies & Liberal Arts

MTH 151-152

  • Problem-solving skills.

  • Reasoning

  • Logic

    • If-then statements

    • Statements, Converse, Contrapositive

  • Statistics—measures of tendency

  • Consumer math—mortgages, credit cards

  • Have students complete math courses earlier in their program

  • Have students complete sequential math courses back-to-back

  • Emphasize the use of math in various disciplines—tables, charts, statistics, logic and reasoning



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