Quantitative Reasoning Center

The mission of the Quantitative Reasoning Center, or QRC, is to be a prominent resource for both faculty and students to achieve quantitative literacy across the curriculum. The QRC follows the lead of the Academic Enrichment Center to aid and enhance the broad range of quantitative skills necessary for all Earlham College students to be successful both in the classroom and society.

For faculty in the natural sciences and social sciences, the QRC serves as a resource to identify the quantitative skills needed by students to be competitive in the classroom.

For all students, the QRC provides the necessary support and skill development for quantitative literacy across the curriculum.

For new students, the QRC supports academic advising with a quantitative assessment to help align students’ skills with their academic program.

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THE QANS INITIATIVE

Earlham College recognizes that many students are arriving on campus whose quantitative skills may not align with the curriculum in certain courses. To that end, an initiative has been developed to identify a student’s quantitative skill gaps.

The Quantitative Assessment for New Students (QANS) is a new online, adaptive assessment that is designed to give advisers a snapshot of a student’s preparedness for the quantitative components of most entry-level courses across the curriculum. QANS is designed to be an advising tool and not a placement test.

QANS is an adaptive assessment, 16-24 questions, that covers the learning targets of the quantitative components of most entry-level courses in the natural and social sciences. The questions were designed, then validated by a national assessment company that oversees many statewide-standardized exams. The result is a quick, effective method to identify skill gaps that could be impediments to a student’s success.

All incoming students, first-years and transfers are required to complete QANS before summer registration. The assessment is designed to help in advising students about courses that have a quantitative component and is part of Earlham’s Countdown process.

Students and academic advisers will view the QANS scores in Banner Self Service Student Profile before students finalize their registration for fall classes. Advisers will receive recommendations regarding student readiness for specific courses with a quantitative component.

Earlham offers enrichment courses in mathematics for students who need to sharpen their mathematical skills.

Do you need a refresher before taking the QANS?

Many students choose to refresh their memory before they take Earlham’s quantitative assessment. A good resource for such a refresher is KHAN Academy.

QRC COURSES & CURRICULUM

As opposed to traditional placement tests, QANS results are shared with advisers to be used as an advising tool rather than for placement. Your adviser can suggest you taking one of the courses below to help you get the most from your Earlham experience.

Develop essential writing knowledge and skills including planning, writing thesis statements, researching, citing, revising and editing. Gain confidence through practicing writing in-class and workshopping writing from other classes.

  • Appropriate for students with first-year status
  • Offered in the fall semester
  • Does not fulfill general education requirements

This course is an overview of the major areas of foundational mathematics. Topics will be drawn from number theory and arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics. Common motivations for taking this course have been preparation for later coursework, review for the GRE, teacher preparation or an academic advisor’s recommendation.

  • Cross-listed with MATH 110
  • Appropriate for students with first-year status
  • Offered in the spring semester
  • Does not fulfill general education requirements

The topics in this course will strengthen your knowledge of the quantitative skills expected for most natural science and social science entry-level courses. Common motivations for taking this class have been preparation for later coursework with quantitative components or an academic adviser’s recommendation.

  • Cross-listed with MATH 115
  • Appropriate for students with first-year status
  • Offered in the fall semester
  • Does not fulfill general education requirements

The LIFT Program matches small groups of first-generation students with a personal research librarian during seven weeks of fall semester. Every LIFT student is awarded an iPad to use for the four years at Earlham and beyond. Course content centers on information literacy.

  • Requires application
  • Appropriate for students with first-year status
  • Offered in the fall semester
  • Does not fulfill general education requirements

This course will help you navigate the difficulties of extended writing, explore career-based writing and discuss genres of writing essential for graduate school and job applications. This course is suitable for students with junior or senior status who are looking toward future writing situations and long-term writing projects.

  • Offered in the spring semester
  • Fulfills upper-level credit requirement

The Kenlee Ray ’67 Library & Archives Fellows program advances career discovery. This course is designed for students interested in the library, archives or related library information science professions. You will undertake project work, meet with library personnel and discuss readings under the supervision of Earlham Libraries administrative faculty.

This course is an on-campus May term for juniors and seniors planning to take the general GRE in preparation for graduate school.

  • Offered in the May term
  • Fulfills upper-level credit requirement

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