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“It was cool seeing how different campuses ran things,” - Matt Coito - Continued from Page 1

While some of the ASCOCC members arrived three days before the conference hoping to meet Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and Oregon Congressman Greg Walden in Washington, they were unable to do so. “We (ASCOCC members) tried to meet with them … but weren’t able to,” said Pierce.

Oct. 13, 2010 “We had a list of all the things we wanted to do, not necessarily all the things we could do.” Underdal said that while Pierce had scheduled appointments, it was not very surprising that the members weren’t able to meet the elected officials. “It was a lot out of their (ASCOCC members) hands … given the political climate in D.C.,” said Underdal. The ASCOCC members however did get to meet with Walden’s people when they visited his office, said Pierce. The members also went on tours of the Capitol, the Kennedy Center, and the Supreme Court during their days in Washington preceding the conference. “It was cool seeing how different campuses ran things,”

said Coito about the conference. “I was surprised by how organized we are … compared to some of the other student governments there.” Pierce also commented on how ASCOCC impressed some of the other student governments attending the conference. “A lot of the people there were amazed that we only have a group of six … that have accomplished what we’ve accomplished,” said Pierce. “And we got a lot of praise for The Voice.” Underdal said although tiring, the conference was very informative and she learned a lot about advising a student government. You may contact Tobey Veenstra at tveenstra@cocc.edu

What is an ASGA Conference? According to the ASCOCC press release, the ASGA conference “teaches students how to become more effective, well-known, and influential on their campuses, and promotes the vital importance of an effective and autonomous student governance organization. The National Conference allows students to network with professionals and student peers, attend intensive workshops, and receive one-on-one consultation on how to improve their student government.” To learn more about the ASGA, visit http://asgaonline.com/

Derek Oldham | The Broadside

“Along the Deschutes” by Joe Bellacera is a new art piece that has been installed in the Campus Center.

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Math gets a make over Nathaniel Kelly The Broadside

Change is in store for students here at COCC. The math department is redesigning Math 60 through 95 courses to help students. “We would be able to service a lot more students so that we could minimize wait lists,” said Elizabeth Coleman, a mathematics professor at the college. Wait listed students now have a chance to get into a math course. Students and staff members have seen wait lists skyrocket this year due to an influx of students taking mathematics courses. To combat this problem, the math department decided summer term that it is time to redesign the math department to better meet the needs of students. Math is a necessity required for most majors and considering the wait lists, students might not achieve their goals. Therefore, to meet students needs, more courses will be available to students. This is possible because a conversion of the math 60 course will take place winter term, 2010. This conversion means that instead if having lectures take place two to three days a week for 200 minutes, lectures will be one day a week for 100 minutes, and students will attend a computer lab session four hours a week, giving students the flexibility of attending a lab session any day and time of the week. “The benefit,” according to Doug Nelson, the head of the mathematics department, “is that this gives faculty members and administrative staff the ability to offer more sections.” Students will be utilizing an interactive mathematics software program. If students need help, tutors and part-time faculty members will be available. “Computer lab helps augment time...and offers flexibility,” said Nelson. The computer lab will be located in the Mazama building once construction is complete in the winter. There will be two classroom labs that will be available beginning winter term. Nelson instituted this system because he had goals in mind: student success and the improvement of the percentage of student completion rate. He had one challenge when trying to improve that student success ratio: how can we handle “We would be able to large amounts of students? service a lot more stuThe presdents so that we could ent format only allows for lim- minimize wait-lists.” ited space and professors are -Elizabeth Coleman not meeting the course out- Math Professor comes according to Nelson. “Many of the course outcomes are not degree specific” said Nelson. “We are now in course drift,” said Nelson, meaning that COCC is drifting away from what a math course is. “By converting to this form, we hope to improve student success,” said Nelson. COCC students can expect this conversion to go into effect winter term 2010 beginning with the Math 60 course. Math 65 will follow, utilizing this system in spring term. Also in spring term 2010, this system will expand into the Redmond Campus, which will offer the Math 60 course. “Students will be more efficient with their time and be more successful, which is what we hope to improve,” said Nelson. You may contact Nathaniel Kelly at nkelly@cocc.edu.


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