Sponsored by the AMATYC Placement and Assessment Committee
Spotlight of the Month Summary
Multiple measures and the pandemic have shaped student placement in our mathematics pathways now and for years to come. Come join us this month as we discuss what has been done, what worked, and what needs to be done to help our students succeed.
Welcome from the Spotlight of the Month Committee Chair - Rachel Bates
I have been part of the AMATYC community for nearly a decade. I have always been driven by a sense of improvement. I leaned into the AMATYC community to fuel my interest in improving post-secondary mathematics teaching and learning. When I was teaching in Kansas, I worked with community colleges to really get active in AMATYC. In 2011, I moved to Oklahoma. I wanted to keep myself involved in AMATYC so I attended the 2011 AMATYC annual conference held in Austin, Texas. My travel budget was all out of pocket so I used the hotel accommodations page to find someone to share a room with. My roommate at that conference was from the SUNY college system and she introduced me to her colleague Jane Tanner. Mind you I didn’t know who Jane Tanner was at this time. I visited with Jane about attending my first AMATYC conference and my desire to be more active in the community. She told me to join a committee that I would be passionate about. At this time, I was new to my institution and new to the state of Oklahoma. I was actively involved at the campus level in placement and assessment so it was a logical fit for me to join the Placementment and Assessment committee.
As the Placement & Assessment Committee Chair (PAC), I continue to use my diversified leadership experiences to guide AMATYC's mission. I look forward to participating in guiding PAC’s membership as we engage with our community and national partners to improve post-secondary mathematical teaching and aptitude in learning for all students. This goal aligns with AMATYC’s vision “to be the leading voice and resource for excellence in mathematics education in the first two years of college.”
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About the Sponsoring AMATYC Community:
The focus of this committee would be "to serve as a resource for the AMATYC membership on issues related to Placement, Assessment of student outcomes and mathematical programs." Sub-groups could include: classroom assessment, course and program assessment, and placement.
Spotlight of the Month Team Members with link to bios:
Rachel Bates, Garrett Gregor, John Hansen, Jeff Thies and Christine Mirbaha.
AMATYC Program Keys: PS, EQ, SM, PD