General Education Resources

QUANTITATIVE LITERACY is a competency and comfort in working with numbers.

People with a general education apply mathematical and statistical methods to solving problems in everyday life. They understand and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, and mathematical equations as appropriate)Students who have quantitative literacy skills can:

  • interpret information appearing in the form of graphs, tables, numerical summaries, equations, and text
  • evaluate underlying assumptions as necessary, recognizing that mathematical and statistical methods have limits
  • solve problems using appropriate arithmetical, algebraic, geometric, or statistical techniques
  • draw valid conclusions based on data analysis and critically evaluate conclusions made by others

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