Mlooking forward. Starting this fall, programs and curriculum have been need to succeed in their future careers. cated in the skills that utilize math in the specific fields they are going into," said Professor Linda Dart-Kathios, Chairwoman of Mathematics. math curriculum, we asked ourselves, `What is it our students need to be successful?' As one of my colleagues suggested, instead of looking back at what we wished they had learned in high school, let's look forward. We want to prepare our students for the future." noncollege-level mathematics into the RAMP-Up Math Program, Dart-Kathios explained. RAMP-Up (Review, Achieve, Master & Progress) allows students to complete developmental-math modules as quickly as they choose. They can test out of the topics they understand well, and concentrate on units where their understanding is weak, she said. they select one of two pathways or "math- program of study they are enrolled in, said Dart-Kathios. toward Health and Liberal Arts & Sciences students. It prepares them to take "Statistics" and "Math Modeling" as part of their degree program requirements, she said. designed for students in STEM, Business, and Edu cation Transfer programs. It's the traditional path that prepares them for "Precalculus" and "Trigo nometry" courses and eventually, "Calculus." ing, have to know a lot about mathematics," said Dart-Kathios. "They need to be `Calculus ready.' FACULTY FocusWhy is STEM important? STEM is important because the world is becoming more and more technologically advanced. We need this generation and future generations to continue in this endeavor if the U.S. is to remain a leader in technology. Mathematics gives students the quantitative literacy they need to compete in the world. What do you like best about teaching? I really enjoy meeting all the different students and learning about their backgrounds. I can always learn some-thing from each and every student. Favorite classroom moment? One day in class I mentioned that I was a first-generation college student and some of the challenges I had faced. A short time afterward, a student was in my office and she said my story had made a big impression on her, since she was a first-generation college student. I think students often don't realize that we professors were once students, facing many of the same issues they are. Linda Dart-Kathios ·Professor of Mathematics, Department ChairwomanCreating New `Math-Ways' and Program Changes for Student Success MATHEMATICSthey are not going to be doing integration and differentiation," she continued. "They will be doing statistics and conversions, so they take a different `math-way.' " dents who excel in mathematics. A new acceler ated combination course covering "Precalculus" and "Trigonometry" in one semester has been added. "Some students might say, `I can probably handle `Precalc' and `Trig' in the same class at the same time, and we want to accommodate those strong math students," she said. Mathematics Concentration within the Liberal Arts & Sciences degree program. By creating one new course, "Linear Algebra II," the Math Department has made it possible for students to complete an associate degree in mathematics. students in the right direction and help them master the right skills and concepts. "With proper advising, our students will now know what math is really required of an engineer or a nurse. Dart-Kathios. "Even President Obama is talking about how important it is! We are preparing this generation to take on many of those technological challenges." Kathy RegisterKathy Register |