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ERIC Number: ED512000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
The goal of this Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students is to provide a clear and coherent message about the mathematics that students need to know and to be able to do to be successful in college. While parts of this Statement were written with certain audiences in mind, the document as a whole should be useful for anyone who is concerned about the preparation of California's students for college. This represents an effort to be realistic about the skills, approaches, experiences, and subject matter that make up an appropriate mathematical background for entering college students. "Entering College Students" in general refers to students who enter a California postsecondary institution with the goal of receiving a bachelor's degree. However, it is important that students who plan to enter a California community college be aware that a wide variety of courses exist to help them transition from lower mathematical skill levels to the competencies described in this document. Most community colleges offer a wide range of mathematics courses including some as elementary as arithmetic. The first section describes some characteristics that identify the student who is properly prepared for college courses that are quantitative in their approach. The second section describes the subject matter that is an essential part of the background for all entering college students, as well as describing what is the essential background for students intending quantitative majors. Among the descriptions of subject matter there are sample problems. These are intended to clarify the descriptions of subject matter and to be representative of the appropriate level of understanding. The sample problems do not cover all of the mathematical topics identified. Appendices include: (1) Some Mathematical Skills Necessary for College Work; and (2) Summaries of Subject Matter Topics with Related California and NCTM Standards.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: California