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

Self-Review

Fall 2008

Spring 2013

Fall 2008

Spring 2013

External Review

Spring 2009

Fall 2013

Spring 2009

Fall 2013

 

Assessment Links 

WASC Rubric for Assessment

Assessment of WASC Rubric for MAMS MathStat 

WASC Roadmap for MAMS MathStat                                                                                                        

Assessment Maps for MAMS MathStat  

Math Dept Assessment Report 20092010 MAMS MathStat

Math Dept Assessment Report 20102011 MAMS MathStat

Math Dept Assessment Report 20112012 MAMS MathStat