Mathematics at Aquinas College

Mathematics: Graduate Outcomes


The mission of the Mathematics Department at Aquinas College is directly linked to the mission of the College in that it provides a program for all students that is an essential part of a liberal arts education. It promotes the study of mathematics in depth in preparation for graduate school or an immediate career, supports the mathematical needs of other disciplines, and supplies a curriculum for all students to enhance their understanding of mathematical thought.

Mathematics Major Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing a major in mathematics, a student will be able to:  

  1. approach complex problems with creativity and persistence.
  2. give an insightful statement about how mathematics fits into a liberal arts curriculum.
  3. verbally explain and discuss mathematics using precise language and an audience- appropriate delivery.
  4. produce mathematical writing that uses proper terminology, notation, and proof techniques.
  5. provide several specific examples of connections among various branches of mathematics, such as calculus, linear algebra, and abstract algebra.
  6. effectively use technology to support mathematical inquiry.

Goal: Provide courses in which all students will have an opportunity to extend their study of mathematics.
Objectives for this goal:

  1. Students will be encouraged to learn mathematics by doing mathematics, and by solving problems of significant depth. Techniques to accomplish this may include the use of technology, group projects, and learning by discovery.
  2. Instruction will be provided that will allow students to understand the connections between mathematics, other disciplines, and the world around us as well as between different mathematical topics. They will be taught to communicate these concepts effectively.


  • Outcome #1: Students will be able to communicate mathematical ideas effectively either orally or in writing, using mathematical terms correctly and proper notation.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: Students will show evidence of this ability to communicate effectively by having every mathematics class require written papers, written projects, or oral projects of significant depth. A sample of these will be collected and kept in the mathematics department.

Goal: Provide students in our client disciplines with the up to date skills and problem solving experiences necessary to be successful in their chosen major and in the future.
Objectives for this goal:

  1. Learning experiences will be provided which make clear, to the student in these disciplines, the general problem solving power of the mathematical sciences.
  2. Courses will provide students with the mathematical skills necessary for their current needs as well as a sound basis for the future.


  • Outcome #1: Students will apply the mathematical techniques required by the client disciplines.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: The faculty of the client disciplines will be consulted periodically to determine if the mathematical skills of their students are appropriate for success in their programs.

Goal: Provide students with courses in mathematics education, consistent with the recommendations of the professional societies in content and philosophy.
Objectives for this goal:

  1. Courses will be provided that will allow students to obtain mastery in mathematics at the appropriate level in which they will be certified.
  2. Courses will be provided that will allow students to understand and use the methodology for teaching and assessing mathematics while addressing the needs and learning styles of individual students.
  3. Courses will be provided that will allow students to become aware of current research in mathematics education to gain the ability to evaluate different methods of teaching mathematics and to develop their own philosophy of teaching.


  • Outcome #1: Students will read journal publications relating to mathematics education and compare and contrast a timely topic with his or her own philosophy for teaching.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: Students will submit or deliver orally a formal report to document the outcome. Samples will be maintained in the mathematics department.

Goal: Provide the opportunity for the study of mathematics in depth.
Objectives for this goal:

  1. The mathematics program for majors will emphasize the nature and philosophy of mathematics so that these students are adequately prepared for mathematics based careers, graduate schools, or professional schools.
  2. Courses will be taught as to emphasize the connections between mathematics and the real world, and how to communicate those results effectively.
  3. Students will be taught to understand mathematics and not just memorize it. They will be shown how to develop, know, apply and appreciate mathematics.


  • Outcome #1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental mathematical concepts.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: Students will complete a departmental exam covering these fundamental concepts.

Alese (Keiser) Wordley

Alese (Keiser) Wordley '89 was inducted in to the Aquinas College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. She earned both All-American and Academic All-American honors while a member of the Aquinas women's basketball team. On the court, she led her team in rebounding three of her four years, capturing the title as the all-time leading rebounder in Aquinas women's basketball history with nearly 900 rebounds, averaging eight per game. Also, she led her team in scoring in both her junior and senior years and is the fifth leading scorer in women's basketball history. Alese netted nearly 1,500 points for a 12.7 per game average. Following graduation, she joined the professional women's basketball ranks as a player/coach in Luxembourg for one year. She returned to Grand Rapids where she served as an assistant coach at both Catholic Central High School and Aquinas College. In the fall of 1991, she began teaching high school mathematics and science in Kentwood (Mich.) School District. Alese taught and coached in the Kentwood Public Schools for a decade before moving out of state.