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Recommending goals and standards to improve mathematics education at the two-year college and lower-division levels, this report focuses on core content themes for developmental mathematics, associate in applied science, and baccalaureate intending programs. Following introductory sections, chapter 2 describes the CORE, or common content themes for the entire mathematics curriculum, indicating that all students should have number sense, symbol sense, spatial or geometric sense, function sense, probability and statistical sense, and problem-solving sense. This section also establishes goals for introductory college mathematics courses, standards for student outcomes, standards for instructional strategies, and guidelines for faculty selection and program assessment. Chapter 3 discusses the goals of developmental mathematics programs, providing guidelines for instructional strategies and student placement, standards for student outcomes, and sample problems to demonstrate the objectives of the standards. Associate of Applied Science (AS) degree programs are the focus of chapter 4, describing CORE goals, instructional strategies, a model AS curriculum, and standards with sample problems, while chapter 5 provides curriculum standards and sample problems for associate programs that lead to a baccalaureate degree. The final chapter outlines procedures for developing these standards for two-year college mathematics and mechanisms to ensure implementation, including regional workshops highlighting examples of change. Includes 26 references. (ECC)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Learning Strategies, Mathematics Curriculum, Minimum Competencies, Remedial Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Cohen, Don, Ed.


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