Report submitted by Chris Leary, Chair of NumericSymbolic Reasoning for spring 2009.
Method
The R/ Assessment was handled this year as follows: From a Banner report, it was determined that 946 students were registered in one of 26 different R/ courses in Spring Semester, 2009. A random sample of 20% of these students (190 students total) was chosen, and requests were made to the instructors of these students send a copy of the student's final examination or similar assignment for the Assessment Team to examine. One instructor (2 sections) did not return the examinations in time for us to review, and another instructor's examinations were deemed by the Assessment Team to be inappropriate to review.
Of the sections that were reviewed by the committee, papers were requested for 169 students. Due to students dropping the course or not taking the final examination, 42 of the students did not have papers forwarded to the committee, so we assessed the work of 127 students using the Geneseo Numeric and Symbolic Reasoning Rubric. Then 20% of these papers (25 papers) were independently reassessed using the same Rubric. It is probably of note that these data would seem to indicate that a high percentage of the students who sign up for Symbolic and Numeric Reasoning courses do not finish the course.
Results
In each of five categories (Interpret & Draw Inferences, Represent, Solve Problems, Estimate and Check, and Recognize Limits) the assessed papers were assigned a score (4 — Exceed, 3 — Meet, 2 — Approach, 1 — Not Meet). Summary statistics for each category are as follows:

Interpret 
Represent 
Solve Problems 
Estimate and Check 
Recognize Limits 

4 — Exceed 
35.43% 
24.40% 
27.55% 
10.23% 
7.08% 
3 — Meet 
36.22% 
37.79% 
36.22% 
67.71% 
77.16% 
2 — Approach 
22.04% 
33.07% 
30.7% 
18.89% 
13.38% 
1 — Not Meet 
6.29% 
4.72% 
5.51% 
3.15% 
2.36% 
In the 25 papers that were reassessed, the summary statistics were as follows:

Interpret 
Represent 
Solve Problems 
Estimate and Check 
Recognize Limits 

4 — Exceed 
40% 
36% 
8% 
20% 
4% 
3 — Meet 
32% 
36% 
64% 
56% 
80% 
2 — Approach 
24% 
24% 
20% 
20% 
12% 
1 — Not Meet 
4% 
4% 
8% 
4% 
4% 
Reflection
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