Quantitative Literacy at NC State


The Pack Proficiencies (General Education Competencies), including quantitative literacy, develop through multiple and sustained experiences across the General Education Program (GEP). The GEP provides a foundation for quantitative literacy and other Pack Proficiencies (General Education Competencies). It is expected that each degree program provide additional support to build upon that foundation.

Quantitative literacy (QL) – also known as numeracy or quantitative

reasoning – is a “habit of mind” competency, and comfort working

with quantitative data. Individuals with strong QL skills possess the

ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide

array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations; the

understanding and creation of sophisticated arguments supported

by quantitative evidence; and the ability to clearly

communicate those arguments in a variety of formats using

words, tables, graphs, and mathematical equations as appropriate.


A generally educated NC State student will perform basic calculations using mathematical reasoning and problem solving in core areas including arithmetic, numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, and statistics. (AAC&U Calculation)

A generally educated NC State student will convert relevant information into various quantitative forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, maps, words) (AAC&U- Representation)

A generally educated NC State student will explain information generated or presented in quantitative or mathematical forms (e.g., equations, expressions, graphs, diagrams, tables, and words) (AAC&U- Interpretation)

A generally educated NC State student will make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on the quantitative, logical and statistical analysis of data, while recognizing the limits of this analysis (AAC&U- Application/Analysis)

A generally educated NC State student will express quantitative, logical, and statistical evidence in support of the argument or purpose of the work (in terms of what evidence is used and how it is formatted, presented, and contextualized). (AAC&U-Communication)

Quantitative Literacy Outcomes Map

Assessment of Quantitative Literacy

Current Assessment Activities

In fall 2018, the Office of Assessment partnered with the Department of Health and Exercise Studies to recruit 429 first-year students for the ETS HEIghten Quantitative Literacy Assessment. The assessment was administered at the DELTA Testing Center over a two-week period. Results from the fall first-year and spring senior assessments were shared at a meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Education and the Academic Policy subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. The Office of Assessment worked with the Quantitative Literacy Competency Champion, Dr. Justin Post, to share the data with campus stakeholders.

In spring 2019, the Office of Assessment administered the HEIghten Quantitative Literacy Assessment to seniors in colleges that were underrepresented during the spring 2018 data collection cycle. Assessment staff analyzed the data over the summer and will return it to the respective colleges for use in Academic Program Assessment.

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