About the Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE)/Numeracy Infusion for College Educators (NICE) Program and Our New Data Analysis Research Experience (DARE) Project.


The Faculty Development Program to Improve Students' Quantitative Reasoning/Data Analysis Research Experience (DARE) Project

Our new faculty development program (2018-2023) to improve students' quantitative reasoning (QR) skills will do so by the implementation of a Data Analysis Research Experience (DARE). The abstract of the project is here. If you are a faculty member here to learn more about faculty involvement in the DARE Project and/or are interested in possibly participating, you can learn more about our initiative here. Further information may be obtained from Esther Isabelle Wilder, the PI on the project.

The Faculty Development Program to Improve Students' Quantitative Reasoning/Data Analysis Research Experience (DARE) Team

  • Esther Wilder, Principal Investigator, Lehman College (Esther.Wilder@lehman.cuny.edu)
  • Eduardo Vianna, co-Principal Investigator, LaGuardia Community College (evianna@lagcc.cuny.edu)
  • Rebecca West, co-Principal Investigator, Lehman College (Rebecca.West@lehman.cuny.edu)

An Overview of the NICHE/NICE Project

The materials presented on this website represent one component of our Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE) Program. The reach of this program was later extended with additional support from NSF through the Numeracy Infusion for College Educators (NICE) Project. For the NICHE Program, we developed a series of interactive online modules designed for faculty from across the disciplines that provide instruction for teaching quantitative reasoning (QR) to students. Our 8-unit online course focuses on the following topics:

  1. QR and Making Numbers Meaningful
  2. QR Learning Outcomes
  3. The Brain, Cognition and QR
  4. QR and Writing
  5. Discovery Methods
  6. Representations of Data
  7. QR Assessment
  8. QR Stereotypes and Culture

Whether called numeracy, Quantitative Literacy (QL) or Quantitative Reasoning (QR), the importance of infusing quantitative material throughout the curriculum is an imperative of higher education. This website is intended to provide a repository of resources and information for faculty from across the disciplines who are seeking to infuse numeracy/QL/QR in their course instruction.

More specifically, the materials on this website provide guidance for faculty to

  1. apply QL/QR within a disciplinary context,
  2. articulate QL/QR learning goals/objectives that reflect best practices for teaching quantitative literacy,
  3. identify and implement best practices for teaching QL/QR: active learning, collaborative student learning, writing with numerical information, etc.,
  4. develop and/or adapt exercises and instructional tools that incorporate quantitative reasoning, and
  5. assess the effectiveness of QL/QR instructional efforts and use the assessment results to further improve teaching.

If you have any questions about NICHE/NICE and/or are interested in participating in this course, please contact Esther Isabelle Wilder (Esther.wilder@lehman.cuny.edu). We also welcome feedback and suggestions for this website!

The CUNY NICHE PI/co-PI Team

  • Esther Wilder, Principal Investigator, Lehman College (Esther.Wilder@lehman.cuny.edu). Website: https://www.lehman.edu/academics/sociology/faculty-wilder.php
  • Frank Wang, co-Principal Investigator, LaGuardia Community College (fwang@lagcc.cuny.edu)
  • Dene Hurley, co-Principal Investigator, Lehman College (Dene.Hurley@lehman.cuny.edu)

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Rebecca West (Lehman College) and Corrine Taylor (Wellesley College) for their support! I also thank Stephen Castellano and Alyson Vogel at Lehman College for their technical support and enthusiasm for this project. We also acknowledge the extremely helpful feedback and support provided by the Lehman College Quantitative Reasoning (QR) fellows including Tzuhao (T) Huang, Joshua Rutter, Hsien-Tseng (Elvin) Wang, and Ruifang (Grace) Xu. Their assistance has been greatly appreciated!

Special thanks to the almighty Sarooh, who provides celestial inspiration.

Contact Us

Esther Isabelle Wilder, Principal Investigator
Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
Esther.wilder@lehman.cuny.edu

Personal webpage: http://www.lehman.edu/academics/sociology/faculty-wilder.php

Authorship and Terms of Use

Unless otherwise indicated, all pages are authored by Esther Isabelle Wilder.  Please provide attribution when using any materials from this website.

Images on the webpages have been credited and/or clipart images have been purchased for use from clipart.com or shutterstock.com.

This site is covered by the SERC Terms of Use

Financial Support

Support for the NICHE and NICE projects has been provided by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) (TUES) award #1121844 and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) awards #1644948 and #1644975. We gratefully acknowledge the support of NSF for these projects! Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this web site are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Science Foundation. Please email Esther Wilder (Esther.Wilder@lehman.cuny.edu) if you have any questions about this project.