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Quantitative Literacy Across the Curriculum in a Liberal Arts Setting

Semra Kiliç-Bahi and Ben Steele
Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH

Supported by NSF DUE #0633133, 2007-2009

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The project's goal is to incorporate Quantitative Literacy (QL) across the curriculum to improve students' abilities to use quantitative information. QL learning materials have been developed throughout the curriculum. Faculty expertise with QL has been developed through two workshops, involving nearly 50% of the faculty and the participation of national QL experts. Project investigators will evaluate student learning with tests and surveys.

Project Goals

The goal of this project is to develop an across the curriculum quantitative literacy (QL) program that will strengthen students' ability to use basic mathematical concepts in their majors, future careers and personal lives. We have objectives for students, faculty, curriculum, and the greater academic community.


Greater Academic Community

Project Design/Elements

Faculty development
Curriculum Design:
Student participation

Evaluation and Assessment Strategies




Products, Key Findings, Publications

Steele, B. and S Kılıç-Bahi. 2008. Quantitative Literacy Across the Curriculum: A Case Study. Numeracy 1 (2).

Kiliç-Bahi, S. and B. Steele. 2008. What is the main issue we face as a society? Quantitative writing classroom project. Available at

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