**What is Quantitative Literacy?**

Quantitative Literacy is “not so much about understanding abstract concepts as about applying elementary tools in sophisticated settings” (Steen, 2001).

**What is a Q Course?**

• Instruction on applying mathematical concepts and techniques to solve problems

• Instructors may review the basic math that students are applying

• A minimum of one class period must be spent on quantitative instruction, but it need not all be in the same period.

• Assessment of learning must occur via at least 2 assignments

• These assignments must be part of final grade

• Students must receive feedback on assignments so they can assess their level of mastery

**Why is it Important?**

As a culture we have long viewed mathematics as the domain of the talented few rather than as an essential life skill, every bit as important as the ability to write a clear essay or give a persuasive presentation. This perspective makes incorporating Q skills into a class a challenge for both students and instructors.

The first chapter of *Mathematics and Democracy: The Case for Quantitative Literacy* a book published by The National Council on Education and the Disciplines makes a strong argument for why Quantitative Literacy is essential for our students. Students are encouraged to read it.

**Resources**

• Sharon Taylor -- Current 'Q' Faculty Associate (interim)

• Q Course Designation Guidelines (PDF)

• Adding 'Q' to a Course (PPT)

• Making Basic Graphs in Excel (video)

**Just For Fun**

• Using 'Q' Skills to Read Minds

• Reasoning Spatially