UCORE-designated courses advance Quantitative Reasoning as appropriate to the designator, with a minimum of 13 credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Quantitative Reasoning (see UCORE’s Curriculum webpages for more information). Students complete a first-year foundational Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN] requirement. Inquiry in the Social Sciences [SSCI] and Natural Sciences [BSCI][PSCI][SCI] courses are also required to advance the Quantitative Reasoning Learning Goal. Quantitative Reasoning may be included in the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] as appropriate to the course and discipline.
WSU Learning Goal: Graduates will solve quantitative problems from a wide variety of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. Graduates may demonstrate quantitative and symbolic reasoning by:
- Explaining information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, and words).
- Converting relevant information into various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, and words).
- Applying quantitative principles and methods in the solution of problems.
- Making judgments and drawing appropriate conclusions based on the quantitative analysis of data, while recognizing the limits of this analysis.
- Identifying and evaluating important assumptions in estimation, modeling, and data analysis.
- Expressing quantitative evidence in support of the argument or purpose of work (in terms of what evidence is used and how it is formatted, presented, and contextualized).
Current Evidence of Student Learning Related to Quantitative Reasoning
Click on the links for more information about current evidence of student learning from assessments aligned with Quantitative Reasoning:
UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment
Assessing Student Learning on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals: AY 2018-19 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results
As reported in the AY 2018-19 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, fall 2018 assessment results indicated that, for the four required Learning Goals in [CAPS] courses, 82% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating senior level for Critical & Creative Thinking, 83% for Information Literacy, 82% for Integration of Learning, and 83% for written communication.Read Story
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Student Learning at the First-Year and Senior Level: 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results
As reported in the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement – Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, results from the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicate that nearly all WSU seniors responding to NSSE have considerable confidence in their ability to complete tasks requiring critical thinking (94%) and creative thinking (93%).
In addition to Critical and Creative Thinking, results from the 2019 NSSE also provide indirect evidence of student learning on Information Literacy, Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning at the first-year and senior levels for UCORE assessment—see the 2019 NSSE Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE for more information.Read Story