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1 A Two Year College Follow-up: Fostering Faculty Collaboration and Launching a New Developmental Course PJ Darcy Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie, NY

2 Dutchess Community College Two Year College in the State University of New York Community College system A high percentage of students enroll needing developmental Mathematics and English courses Mathematics is a Service Department

3 A New Developmental Course Mostly non-STEM students MAT091, the developmental mathematics course, is algebra-based Most non-STEM majors take 100-level Survey of Mathematics or Elementary Statistics Create an application-based, generally non- algebraic, Mathematical Literacy course

4 Creating a non-traditional Developmental Course Service aspect – we must ensure that the course serves the needs of other departments with a developmental mathematics requirement Keep the course mathematical while engaging the students and actually teaching them some mathematical topics Instill a mathematical independence in developmental students

5 Goals of a new Developmental Curriculum Measurable – Improve retention – Improve pass rates – Improve pass rates in subsequent courses* Intangible goals – Habits of mind – Students take more risks – De-compartmentalize mathematical skills

6 Putting Together the New Course Collaborate with other departments in order to finalize topical content Find or create a text – Write exceptional problems Not WidgetsWidgets Not PercentsPercents – Focus on applied student practice and risk taking rather than lecture – Have students think about how they do the math they have always done, then apply those skills to several areas of subject matter

7 MAT092: Mathematical Literacy for College Students This course ends up being more topical, and has more specific student learning outcomes, than the algebra-based developmental course Focus on rate of change in several areas of study, units and dimensional analysis Course comparison Students build habits and recover after mid-semester

8 Math Literacy for College Students: Opening Doors to Cross Departmental Collaboration Working with other departments to organize subject matter for MAT092: Why not other courses? Thats math, you cant expect me to do that. (said by the chair of our Faculty Senate equivalent during one of our meetings) Build on the Math Across the Curriculum idea

9 Why Math Across the Curriculum Now? Cross discipline collaboration has taken place at DCC, but it was mainly within the same department (MPCS) The new developmental course showed that there are other areas of subject matter overlap in several other departments Why not now? January 2012: Mathematics Across the Curriculum Professional Staff Development Workshop

10 If You Just Schedule It, They Will Not Come Direct contact now, report the results later Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Psychology are lined up to go Yes, we will hold the workshop again next year

11 Why NOT? Why now?

12 influence at Numeracy Habits of mind Practice first Teaching without lecturing Leadership Collegiality Departmental gear?

13 Contact information PJ Darcy (845) MPCS Department Dutchess Community College 53 Pendell Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


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