Assessment of Graduate Programs
Math Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Mathematics Department at San Jose State University is to offer undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in Mathematics that prepare students to pursue continuing graduate study, to work in industry, and to teach in secondary schools or community colleges. We strive to teach our students to communicate mathematical ideas effectively and to use basic computational skills, mathematical models and technology to solve practical problems. The Mathematics Department offers a variety of courses that serve students in other departments, notably engineering, science, and business, to help them use mathematics and quantitative analysis effectively in their chosen field. The Mathematics Department strives to teach well, maintain high standards for student performance, and keep its curriculum up to date. The Department also takes pride in a faculty that is active in scholarship and research, which includes the encouragement and supervision of student research in Center for Applied Mathematics, Computation and Statistics (CAMCOS) projects and graduate student theses.
MA/MS Math Program Learning Objectives
Goal 1: The ability to read, understand, and explicate journal articles in mathematics related to students area of specialty. Assessment point: Oral presentation of the thesis or writing project, assessed in Spring 2007.
Goal 2: Ability to communicate mathematics effectively.
Assessment point: Specialist Qualifying Exam
Specific LOs to be assessed are:
1) Ability to explain mathematics orally.
2) Ability to write clear mathematical explanations.
MS Statistics Program Learning Objectives
The MS Statistics is a newly created program which was just started in Fall 2011. The Assessment Plan for this program is still under development. Important skills that we want students to learn include
Goal 1: The ability to communicate statistical ideas effectively,
Goal 2: the ability to use technology effectively to assist in solving large statistical problems, and
Goal 3: the ability to use statistical modeling to solve practical problems.
Assessment for this program will start during our next round of program planning starting after 2013/2014.
MAMS MathStat Assessment/Program Planning Schedule

MA/MS Math 

MS Statistics 


Last assessment 
Next Assessment 
Last Assessment 
Next Assessment 
Goal 1 
Thesis defense S11 
Thesis defense F14 
NA 
Thesis defense F14 
Goal 2 
Specialist Qual S11 
Specialist Qual F15 
NA 
Math 267 F15 
Goal 3 
NA 
NA 
NA 
Math 269 F16 
SelfReview 
Fall 2008 
Spring 2013 
Fall 2008 
Spring 2013 
External Review 
Spring 2009 
Fall 2013 
Spring 2009 
Fall 2013 
Assessment Links
Assessment of WASC Rubric for MAMS MathStat
WASC Roadmap for MAMS MathStat
Assessment Maps for MAMS MathStat
Math Dept Assessment Report 20092010 MAMS MathStat