"The ability to identify, understand and use quantitative arguments in everyday contexts. Quantitative literacy describes a habit of mind rather than a set of topics or a list of skills." (Deborah Hughes-Hallett)
Courses across the curriculum that fulfill this requirement are described as Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) courses under Courses of Instruction. They are also listed online in Web Advisor and in the printed course schedule booklet distributed before each registration period. The College offers tutoring in the area of quantitative and symbolic reasoning through the Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) Center and the Peer Tutoring Program.
Each student up to the Class of 2013 must demonstrate basic quantitative literacy by passing the quantitative skills examination, or by passing a course having a significant quantitative/mathematical component, or by completing a non-credit-bearing tutorial through the Quantitative Literacy Center.
Students who wish to take the QSkills Exam to fulfill the requirement may contact the Director of the QSR Center to arrange to take the exam. The quantitative skills examination tests basic mathematical and quantitative knowledge, including computation, algebra, analysis of graphs and charts, and probability.
Those who wish to take a course to fulfill the requirement should check Web Advisor for a current list. The list of courses is also available in a course schedule booklet distributed by the Registrar before registration. Tutorial help for students taking quantitative courses is available at the Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning Center and through the Peer Tutoring Program.
The Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) Center offers a ten session (non-credit-bearing) Quantitative Literacy Tutorial facilitated by peer tutors. Completion of this tutorial during either semester is one way to fulfill the Quantitative Literacy Requirement. The non-credit-bearing tutorial contains four modules: Basic Computation, Algebraic Expression, Graphs and Charts, and Proportional and Functional Reasoning. Students meet weekly with their tutors to prepare to take a final module exam. Participation in tutorials and the exam score are taken into consideration for the fulfillment of the requirement.