Earlham College recognizes that many students are arriving on campus with weaknesses in their mathematical competency. Since the College wants all students to complete the general education requirements set forth by the College, an initiative has been developed to assist students with their quantitative literacy.
The Quantitative Initiative
All incoming students, first years and transfers, are required to complete Earlham's Quantitative Assessment before summer registration. The assessment is designed to help in advising students about courses that have a quantitative component. The assessment is part of Earlham's Countdown process.
Students should independently take the online assessment since one element the assessment measures is what one recalls from their high school math courses. The assessment contains 20 mathematical problems and should be taken in one sitting.
Students and academic advisers will view the Quantitative Assessment scores using "Self-Service" in Earlham's "the heart" before students finalize their registration for fall classes. Advisers will receive recommendations regarding one's readiness for specific “math-sensitive” courses.
Earlham offers foundational courses in mathematics for students who need to sharpen their mathematical skills.