Notes from Bruce:Ruben: Thanks for the quick and informative reply Bruce! I'm going to pass it on to Regis who I think will probably pass it on to the department. In any case, I think it will help ELAC make a decision about pursuing Statway or not.
The Carnegie Foundation posted their proposed student learning outcomes for Statway at . There is a set of statistics learning outcomes and a separate set of math learning outcomes. The math learning outcomes are not intended to be equivalent to elementary and intermediate algebra, but instead focus "on key concepts that support statistical thinking and data analysis." These learning outcomes have been vetted by the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and other professional organizations. The Carnegie Foundation and the Dana Center (UT Austin) have a team of authors writing all the Statway lessons for the two-semester program. The 19 community colleges in the pilot are class testing the lessons this academic year. Anyone can look up the Pierce College Statway course outlines at . (It helps to know that the campus is Pierce, the subject is math, and the course number 228.) Math 228A and 228B do not pretend to replace Math 115, Math 125, and Math 227. If a student should pass both Math 228A and Math 228B and then decide to take another math class (such as Math 125), s/he will be required to take a placement test. The CSU has approved the combination of Math 228A and 228B for satisfaction of CSU GE Breadth Certification Area B4 Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning, effective Fall 2011 and lasting for the 3-year duration of the grant. Statway is only appropriate for the students in majors that do not require any college level math, or require at most an introductory statistics class. Statway is inappropriate for any STEM major. Vice-Chancellor Yasmin Delahoussaye may well dream of multiple LACCD campuses offering Statway, but the decision to do so is not hers. Campuses are allowed to offer courses approved by the appropriate curriculum committees, but offering Statway requires the approval of the Carnegie Foundation, which cannot be granted by any person or group within the District.