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Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE)

Program URL: http://serc.carleton.edu/NICHE/index.html
Institution: CUNY (City University of New York)
Location: New York
Director: Esther Wilder

What was the impetus for the program?

The Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE) is a project of the City University of New York (CUNY) Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Alliance to foster the infusion of QR instruction and assessment into undergraduate courses in a broad range of disciplines. NICHE is a predominantly online course that teaches faculty how to (a) apply Quantitative Literacy/Quantitative Reasoning (QL/QR) within a disciplinary context, (b) articulate QR learning goals/objectives that reflect best practices for teaching quantitative literacy, (c) identify and implement best practices for teaching QR: active learning, collaborative student learning, writing with numerical information, etc., (d) adapt and implement strategies for incorporating quantitative reasoning into course instruction, and (e) assess the effectiveness of QR initiatives and use the assessment results to further improve instruction.

What are the primary goals of the program?

The materials presented on this web site serve as a complement to a series of interactive modules that are included in Blackboard that provide instruction to faculty for strategies for teaching QR to students.

How is the program structured?

NICHE is a predominantly online course for the professional development of teachers who wish to apply QR within a disciplinary society.

Who is involved?

The CUNY NICHE QR Alliance is made up of:

  • Prabha Betne, LaGuardia Community College
  • Laura Broughton, Bronx Community College
  • Margaret Carroll, Medgar Evers College
  • Judith Duncker, Lehman College
  • Althea Forde,Lehman College
  • Dene Hurley, Lehman College
  • Sandra Kingan, Brooklyn College
  • Sylvia Svitak,Queensborough Community College
  • Frank Wang, LaGuardia Community College
  • Elin Waring, Lehman College
  • Robert Whittaker, Lehman College
  • Esther Wilder, Lehman College
  • Marcie Wolfe, Lehman College

External Consultants include:

  • William Frey, University of Michigan
  • Katherine Rowell, Sinclair Community College
  • Stephen Sweet, Ithaca College
  • Corrine Taylor, Wellesley College
Flora McMartin, Broad-based Knowledge, is the Assessment Coordinator

How is the program evaluated?

How is the program maintained and funded?

Support for this project has been provided by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) (TUES) award #1121844.