Goal:Students will apply mathematical concepts and skills to analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data.

The majority of students enroll in Math 115 and Math 161. Therefore those courses were determined to be the most effective for assessment of general education goals. In Fall 2004, enrollment in those courses was as follows:

SectionsNumber EnrolledCourse and Number

Fall 2004 9178 MAT 115

Fall 200425761MAT 161

Math faculty determined that the skills necessary to meet the above goal are:

1.

The ability to analyze quantitative data

2.

The ability to manipulate quantitative data

3.

The ability the interpret quantitative data

Therefore, the following objective was set for the purpose of general education assessment:

Objective:70% of those taking the final exam will show mastery of all three goals.

Means of

Assessment: 70% of those taking the final exam will correctly answer three of five questions on each of the three goal areas.

Math faculty developed a testing instrument for College Algebra and a testing instrument for Mathematical Models. Each test consists of 15 multiple choice questions - five for each of the three skill areas adopted by the department. The questions were included in the final exam. Students were considered to have "mastered" the skills if three of the five questions were answered correctly on each of the goal areas.

During the 2004-2005 year, the assessment data was compiled from seven sections of MAT 161 in the Fall semester with the following results:

Number taking the exam153

Number who met the criteria for goal one127 (83.0%)

Number who met the criteria for goal two137 (89.5%)

Number who met the criteria for goal three111 (72.5%)

Number who met the criteria in all three goal areas93 (60.8%)

During the 2003-2004 year, the assessment data was compiled from six sections of MAT 115 in the Fall semester with the following results: