Please submit an application by 3:00pm on Friday, August 30.
Overview and Description
Many students have math anxiety/math phobias and avoid taking math as long as possible. Once these students take math, they often struggle to succeed in their courses or complete their math sequences, hindering their completion of transfer/degree completion as a result. Additionally, students need a variety of math skills in a variety of subjects, but often struggle in this area. According to the Chancellor’s Office, 24.7% of students completed a college-level math class at Chaffey*. In order to provide transformative strategies and interventions to this ongoing problem, this FIT will focus on research related to these topics, examining students’ perspectives on math, the challenges they face in succeeding and completing math, ways to incorporate and strengthen math skills across the curriculum and disciplines, and the strategies/factors that help them succeed. The FIT will meet once a month on the third Friday of the month from 1-3pm with additional meetings as needed, including sub-group meetings, scheduled around the availability of the participants. FIT members will be expected to actively participate in all meetings, assist in developing, conducting, and analyzing research around the topic, creating best practices and other related materials, and sharing the results to the campus community. FIT members will receive $1000 in FOSA after completing the FIT at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.
Application Process and Procedures
If you are interested in participating in this FIT, please submit an application by 3:00pm on Friday, August 30, 2013. The Faculty Success Center Advisory Committee will review all applications according to the criteria in the application and send the names to Faculty Senate for approval by Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The FIT will have its first meeting on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 1-3pm in the FSC. FIT research and meetings will continue until the end of the Spring 2014 semester. Sharing of results will likely continue during the 2014-2015 year.*% of credit students tracked for six years through 2011-2012 who started below transfer level in math and completed a college-level course in math. Source: California Community Colleges Student Success Scorecard at
The Selection Process
Due to the unique focus of this research, the composition of this FIT will be made up of 5 Math Faculty, 3 Faculty members from disciplines that use math content, 1 Counselor, and 1 Instructional Specialist that facilitates math learning. Of the 10 faculty participants, we also hope to have 2 adjunct instructors so that their perspective is included in the research and best practices. If not all spots from a particular group are filled, the pool will open up to other instructors at that point.