Assessing the general education mathematics courses at a liberal arts college for women. (English)

Steen, Lynn Arthur, Supporting assessment in undergraduate mathematics. Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC (ISBN 0-88385-820-7). 59-63 (2006).

Summary: At a private Catholic college in the Midwest, an assessment plan was developed to assess the effectiveness of introductory courses taken by students to fulfill a basic mathematical competency requirement. An attitude survey was developed to give us information regarding the impact of mathematics anxiety and other affective factors on studentsâ€™ mathematical skills. A subset of the mathematics competency examination was selected and administered after students completed a remedial mathematics course that fulfilled the college mathematics competency requirement. The results were compared to studentsâ€™ original responses to see if there was any improvement.