First formed in 2019, the mission of the Math Task Force is to streamline math pathways for students by examining topics, issues, and recent legislation as part of CVHEC’s mission: improve certificate and degree completion rates in the nine-county region from San Joaquin to Kern.
Coordinated by Dr. John Spevak, one of CVHEC’s coordinators and a former Merced College vice president, the task force consists of representatives from members in the region who are part of CVHEC.
Pre-pandemic the task force hosted workshops to provide technical assistance directly to CVHEC members supporting faculty professional development.
Math Task Force discussions have centered around:
- preparing for implementation of AB 1705 on July 1, 2024;
- continued implementation of AB 705 and challenges math professors face;
- working with the University of Texas, Auston’s Dana Center on best current national practices in teaching college math;
- pursuing CVHEC’s Math Bridge project that will align high school and college math course outlines and includes new approaches to dual enrollment in math courses; and
- collecting and analyzing data to improve student success among many other topics.