Quantitative Literacy

As we cross the threshold into universal post-secondary education in a society dominated by computers and data, the three R’s of an earlier age now loom as a major challenge for higher education. The third R is no longer arithmetic; it is a complex and intellectually demanding, often flying under the rubric of quantitative literacy, or numeracy.

Quantitative literacy (QL) has been described in various ways, aiming at a description of the ability to understand and use quantitative inferences that allow one to function as a responsible citizen, productive worker, and discerning consumer. Over the past year, a national conversation on education for QL has produced significant analyses of issues in education for QL. This workshop will draw on those analyses and the resulting ongoing activities to forge possibilities for meeting the QL challenge to higher education.