According to The Mathematical Association of America, "A quantitatively literate college graduate should be able to:
Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics, and draw inferences from them.
Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally. Use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods to solve problems.
Estimate and check answers to mathematical problems in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results.
Recognize that mathematical and statistical methods have limits."
The MAA guidelines further explain quantitative literacy expectations of college students: "The level of sophistication and maturity of thinking expected of a college student should extend to a capability for quantitive reasoning which is commensurate with the college experience. College students should be expected to go beyond routine problem solving to handle problem situations of greater complexity and diversity, and to connect ideas and procedures more readily with other topics both within and outside mathematics."
The Quantitative Reasoning Program was established at Bowdoin in 1996 (as the Quantitative Skills Program - later changed to QR) to support all students in strengthening their understanding and application of mathematical, logical, and statistical skills.
Services provided by the QR Program include:
The Quantitative Reasoning Program is located in The Center for Learning and Teaching, Kanbar Hall, Room 102. Please contact Eric Gaze, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 207 725 3135.