Quantitative Reasoning

A person who is competent in quantitative
reasoning possesses the skills and
knowledge necessary to apply the use of
logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal
effectively with common problems and
A person who is quantitatively
literate can use numerical, geometric,
and measurement data and concepts,
mathematical skills, and principles of
mathematical reasoning to draw logical
conclusions and to make well-reasoned
We want our graduates to:
» use logical and mathematical reasoning within the
context of various disciplines;
» interpret and use mathematical formulas;
» interpret mathematical
models such as graphs,
tables and schematics
and draw inferences
from them;
» use graphical, symbolic, and numerical methods
to analyze, organize, and interpret data;
» estimate and consider answers to mathematical
» determine reasonableness;
» represent mathematical information
numerically, symbolically, and
visually, using graphs and charts.
» CVCC vs. National Norms--2012 results indicate
that we are on par with the national norms
» Status Quo vs. Excellence
» Three levels of increasing difficulty
˃ Level 1
˃ Level 2
˃ Level 3
» Levels are foundational
˃ A student proficient at Level 3 is also
proficient at Levels 1 and 2.
» Math for the sake of Math
» Math for the support of specific disciplines
» Math for general knowledge and a
more highly educated population
» College-ready vs. Not College-ready
» About half of our students entering our doors
need developmental math
» Newly Redesigned Developmental Math
» Assess which of these developmental math
skills are necessary for particular disciplines
and programs
˃ Technical & Occupational Disciplines
˃ Physical Sciences
˃ General Education/Other Programs
» Virginia Placement Test – The new test is
not only a placement test, but is a
diagnostic tool as well.
» Clearly delineate and state core prerequisites so
that students are aware of prerequisite skills
and counselors can adequately advise students.
˃ Students enrolling in MAC courses must show
proficiency in MTT Units 1-3.
˃ Students enrolling in CHM 111 must show
proficiency in MTT Units 1-9.
» Students lacking proficiency in necessary skills
enroll in necessary units of study and show
mastery of curriculum.
Math Courses
STEM & Business
MTH 163, MTH 164,
MTH 271
MTH 173…
Units 1 – 9
MTH 151-152
Studies/Liberal Arts
Units 1 - 5
» Problem-solving skills.
» Reasoning
» Logic
˃ If-then statements
˃ Statements, Converse, Contrapositive
» Statistics—measures of tendency
» Consumer math—mortgages, credit cards
» Have students complete math courses earlier in
their program
» Have students complete sequential math
courses back-to-back
» Emphasize the use of math in various
disciplines—tables, charts, statistics, logic and

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