Saint Joseph’s College Quantitative Literacy Committee
Chad Pulver (Chair)
Report from the Committee presented at the January, 2009 faculty meeting.
to Academic Cabinet Presented at
Second Proposal to Academic Cabinet Proposal was resubmitted in spring of 2010 in abbreviated form to Cabinet and passed by both Cabinet and then faculty at the March 2010 meeting.
Course Syllabi for MTH 101 Quantitative Literacy
Minutes from Meetings
(Handout – Draft for Quantitative Concepts List)
Reference List for Committee
A. Useful on-line articles for addressing “What we want our graduates to know”:
1. Article by Jeffrey Bennett and William Briggs: General Education Mathematics: New Approaches for a New Millennium.
The above article is from a list at his web site that contains other useful links and resources:
2. Article by William Briggs presented to SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Quantitative Literacy and SIAM.
3. Quantitative Reasoning for College Graduates: A Complement to the Standards
( published in 1994 -- Especially part 2 Quantitative Literacy: Goals and Appendix B: A Topical Listing
4. Article by Arnold Packer “What Mathematics Should “Everyone” Know and Be Able to Do?”
5. Study by American Institute for Research about literacy of college graduates. (2006)
Press release http://www.air.org/news/documents/Release200601pew.htm
6. Interview with Peter T Ewell, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems “ Numeracy, Mathematics, and General Education”
7. Article by The Quantitative Literacy Design Team, MAA. Pages 8 – 17 especially.
8. Article by William Bennett and Gilman (Valparaiso U) from the Current Practices book “What Mathematics Every College Student Should Know”
B. Web sites of quantitative literacy interest groups:
2. MAA Special Interest Group on Quantitative Literacy
The Mathematical Association of
SIGMAA on Quantitative Literacy
3. National Numeracy Network
Note: Has a nice link to list of spreadsheets that contain resources for teaching specific topics in QL:
C. Individual College Quantitative Literacy Sites, Programs, or Courses.
1. Colby-Sawyer Quantitative Literacy Program and Grant:
2. Michigan State Quant Literacy Program
3. Dartmouth College: Math across the curriculum (MATC) project – gives good idease about integrating mathematics with other areas, including humanities:
D. Web Sites with Content Resources for Quantitative Reasoning Courses / Applications / Topics
1 SJC MTH 101 Quantitative Literacy Course Web Site (Donnelly)
2. SJC Mth111 Mathematics as a Human Pursuit course web site
3. Cut The Knot – General math resource with many interesting topics
4. MacTutor History of Mathematics -- well-maintained resource for ideas for integrating historical ideas with quantitative exercises or applications.
5. Chance Database -- Web site with materials for teaching “Chance” quantitative literacy course.
E. Quantitative Literacy Exams / Sample Questions
1. Simpson College http://orgs.simpson.edu/math/www/Math105TPractice.pdf
2. Indiana State: http://mathrc.indstate.edu/qltest05/TestMain.aspx