Resolution 03-30: LET ME FREE!

Number 03-30
Description Discontinue departmental math exams
Authored by Denis Gjoni
Sponsored by Chrysanne Mason
James Urban
Date Submitted Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Date Considered Monday, April 19, 2004
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Academic Affairs
Result Killed By Committee
Remarks FAILED - Resolution 99-37 was killed for the same reasons.
Whereas The department of Mathematics requires students to take departmental examinations during midterms and finals; and
Whereas They justify their action for the benefit of an 'across the board' teaching in Calculus I through III; and
Whereas The nation is moving away from standardized tests in order to measure a student's performance; and
Whereas It is hard for the student taking these classes to keep up not only with what their professor's teaching style, but also others that teach the course in that semester; and
Whereas Even professors themselves do not consider this as a valuable mean of learning the subject, and students become prey of 'tricks and tips for passing courses'; and
Whereas The professors themselves would eventually lose their creativity and passion for teaching the course if they are 'mandated' to teach a certain way so the students would pass these examinations.
Be It Further Resolved That Department of Mathematics discontinue departmental exams and let the teacher that teaches the class make up the midterms as well as finals for his/her class; and
Be It Further Resolved That Teachers in the department could possibly hold regular workshops in order to be somewhat consistent in the material taught in these classes.