# Mathematics

#### Learning Objectives

**Pure-Mathematics Track**

- Acquire core knowledge of mathematics required to provide a background in an advanced topic in one of the major branches of mathematics: analysis, algebra, and geometry
- Demonstrate the ability to place mathematical results in the appropriate historical context
- Demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical knowledge to situations outside of courses
- Demonstrate the ability to understand and to create mathematical arguments
- Demonstrate the ability to independently investigate a mathematical topic
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical results in written form
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical results in oral form

**Mathematics-Education Track**

- Acquire core knowledge of mathematics and/or statistics required to provide a background in an advanced topic in one of the mathematical sciences
- Demonstrate the ability to place mathematical results in the appropriate historical context
- Demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical knowledge to situations outside of courses
- Demonstrate the ability to understand and to create mathematical arguments
- Demonstrate the ability to independently investigate a mathematical topic
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical results in written form
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical results in oral form

#### Measures

The following measures were used to collect data:

**EVALUATION OF SENIOR CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS**

This measure is used to measure objectives three, five, and seven in Pure Math and objectives three, five, and seven in Math Ed. The presentations are the concluding work required in the senior exposition course, Mathematics 493. A panel consisting of three faculty members evaluates the presentations: the capstone advisor, the chair and a faculty member selected by the capstone advisor.

**EVALUATION OF SENIOR CAPSTONE PAPERS**

This measure is used to measure objectives one, three, five, and six in Pure Math and objectives one, three, five, and six in Math Ed. The papers are collected as part of the course requirements for the senior exposition course, Mathematics 493. A panel consisting of three faculty members evaluates the papers: the capstone advisor, the chair and a faculty member selected by the capstone advisor.

**EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS**

All mathematics-education majors seeking licensure to teach are required to pass the Praxis II exam before student teaching. This exam is administered off-site by Education Testing Services.

**SENIOR EXIT INTERVIEW**

This measure is used to measure objectives one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven in Pure Math and objectives one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven in Math Ed. At the end of his or her last year at ONU, a team consisting of the student's advisor and the chair interviews graduating seniors. After the interview, conclusions are drawn about the relevant learning objectives.

**PORTFOLIO REVIEW**

This measure is used to measure objectives one through five in Pure Math and objectives one through five in Math Ed. At the end of each quarter, faculty members complete evaluation forms on majors that were enrolled in their course that quarter. The evaluation forms are compiled into a notebook indexed by course and are reviewed annually by the department's curriculum committee to draw conclusions about the relevant learning objectives.

**SOPHOMORE REVIEW**

This measure is used to measure objectives one through five in Pure Math and objectives one through five in Math Ed. At the end of a major's sophomore year, the major's advisor reviews the major's progress and writes the student an evaluative letter.

**REVIEW OF PERFORMANCE IN JUNIOR SEMINAR**

This measure is used to measure objectives three, five, and six in Pure Math and objectives three, five, and six in Math Ed. Each major writes a mathematical autobiography as part of the coursework in Mathematics 370, the junior seminar.

#### Annual Reports on the Assessment of Student Learning

Follow the links below to view the full text of the reports for each academic year.

Institutional Research

#### Sue VanDyne

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