1. What is the status of Quantitative Reasoning programming on your campus?
There are a number of courses that fulfill a quantitative reasoning (foundations) requirement for graduation. In addition, most majors have also developed a quantitative reasoning(application) course which is embedded in the major requirements. For those majors without an embedded course, students are required to complete a quantitative reasoning application course as well to graduate.
2. What are the key learning goals that shape your current programming or that you hope to achieve?
The key goals are to evaluate the quantitative reasoning (foundation and application) learning outcomes and to develop meaningful assessment plans for both.
3. Do you have QR assessment instruments in place? If so; please describe:
We have planned to use the VALUE rubic for Quantitative Literacy developed by the AACU to assess student learning using projects of the application courses. However, discussions with faculty who will be assessing quantitative reasoning revealed that faculty do not see a great connection between the rubric and the stated quantitative reasoning goals for Augsburg College.
4. Considering your campus culture; what challenges or barriers do you anticipate in implementing or extending practices to develop and assess QR programming on your campus?
The faculty who are engaged in teaching the quantitative reasoning courses are enthusiastic about employing a meaningful assessment to determine student learning. If the faculty members do not see merit in the tool that is being suggested, there will be resistance.
5. Considering your campus culture; what opportunities or assets will be available to support your QR initiatives?
From the conversation about the AACU rubric, it was clear that faculty were willing to work do develop our own rubric (or other tools) and interested in being engaged in the process.