Updated ISLO Draft Statement
March 24, 2015
Quantitative literacy is a competency and comfort in working with numerical data. It involves the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations.
Students will be able to understand and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence and be able to clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).
Progress Update for Quantitative Literacy Pilot Scoring
March 18, 2015
The general consensus seems to be that the assignment from MATH1710 (Pre-calculus) is not appropriate for the quantitative literacy rubric. The assignment from MATH1530 (Statistics) seems to be working well.
To prepare for scoring in the fall, it is very important to identify additional courses that could submit assignments appropriate for the rubric. In order to identify these courses, I want to meet with any math/science departments interested in participating. I want to present them with guidelines related to participation in the quantitative literacy assessment, the quantitative literacy rubric, and some sample assignments from other schools that have been used for this purpose.
One of the important discoveries this team has made is that pure math courses are not necessarily appropriate for assessment of this ISLO. Quantitative literacy is much broader and more applied in nature.
At a minimum, participating courses MUST:
- Be a general education course
- A course that a large percentage of our students take
In our meeting on March 17th, we discussed some potential courses for inclusion:
- CHEM1010 (Intro to Chemistry)
- ECON2010 or ECON2020 (Principles of Economics)
- MATH1130 (College Algebra)
Prior to meeting with the divisions and departments, I will do a quick course analysis to identify some potential courses.
If you would like to chime in on this discussion, feel free to add your comments to this page, or contact Teletha McJunkin.