collaborations in quantitative literacy

Three interrelated quantitative literacy events hosted by Colby-Sawyer College in 2008 brought educators and business representatives together to explore the current research and practices related to issues around students’ QL skills.  Recognizing an urgent national need for strengthening college students’ ability to understand and use quantitative information effectively in every aspect of their lives, the events provided opportunities for educators to share their knowledge, expertise, and resources.

National Numeracy Network, 4th Annual Meeting, May 15

The NNN is a broad-based organization largely rooted in higher education that promotes quantitative literacy for all citizens: NNN 2008 Annual Meeting Web Site.

Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QUirk) Workshop on Writing with Numbers, May 15-16

The workshop began with a keynote address entitled “Storyboarding with Data: Using Quantitative Reading to Teach Research Writing” delivered by Mya Poe of MIT: Storyboarding With Data Activity.

The second day of the workshop was designed to generate materials for the Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (Quirk) Web site. The site provides examples of assignments that involve students in writing with numbers.

12th Annual Meeting of the North East Consortium
on Quantitative Literacy (NECQL), May 17

The NECQL conference brought together 51 faculty from New England and beyond interested in teaching quantitative literacy.

2008 NECQL Program & Presentations
Colby-Sawyer College Quantitative Literacy Project 2007
Lynn Garrioch, Colby-Sawyer College
Joe Carroll, Colby-Sawyer College
Calculations and Context
Caren Diefenderfer, Hollins University
Bernie Madison, University of Arkansas
Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University
Contemporary College Algebra - A Basis for Quantitative Literacy
Don Small
Professor of Mathematics
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Mathematics of, for, and as Social Justice
Priscilla Bremser
Professor of Mathematics
Middlebury College, VT
The Published Numeracy Network
H.L. Vacher
Professor of Geology
Todd Chavez
Director of Collection Analysis & Technical Services
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Making Time for it All: Integrating Writing, Speaking, and Quantitative
Reasoning in Disciplinary Courses

Mya Poe
Director, Technical Communication
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Illuminating Arguments with the Power of Numbers
Neil Lutsky
Kenan Professor of Psychology and Director, Carleton Quantitative
Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (Quirk) Initiative
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
2008 NECQL Participants
Alexander Nunes EMC Corporation
Andrew Cahoon Colby-Sawyer College
Ann Robertson Connecticut College
Bernard Madison University of Arkansas
Bill Thomas Colby-Sawyer College
Bob Madden Keene State College
Brian Beaudrie Plymouth State University
Caren Baldwin-Dimeo Colby-Sawyer College
Caren Diefenderfer Hollins University
Carol Overby Parsons the New School for Design
Cat McCune Smith College
Cathryn Manduca Carleton College
Charlotte Gregory Trinity College
Christine Downing NH Department of Education
Corrine Taylor Wellesley College
David Gray New England College
Don Read Bronx Community College
Don Small US Military Academy, West Point, NY
Dorothy Wallace Dartmouth College
Eric Gaze Alfred University
Fred Gass Miami University in Ohio
Glenn Sproul Johnson State College
Grace Coulombe Bates College
Heather Tompkins Carleton College
Joanna Wolfe University of Louisville
Joesph Carroll Colby-Sawyer College
John A. Lutts U Mass/Boston
Judith Moran Trinity College
Kay Yeagley Newport Middle High School
Len Vacher Univ. of South Florida
Linda Kirsten Bowdoin College
Lynn Garrioch Colby-Sawyer College
Mary O'Neill Hamilton College
Maryann Allen Colby-Sawyer College
Matthew Isom Arizona State University
Maura Mast University of Massachusetts-Boston
Melissa Mena Colby-Sawyer College
Michael Schuckers St. Lawrence University
Mya Poe MIT
Nathan Grawe Carleton College
Neil Lutsky Carleton College
Nick Baer Colby-Sawyer College
Paola Giacche Ufficio del Directtore, Italy
Paula Lackie Carleton College ITS
Pete Johnson Eastern Connecticut State University
Phyllis Read Bronx Community College
Priscilla Bremser Middlebury College
Reed Fisher Johnson State College
Semra Kilic-Bahi Colby-Sawyer College
Shari Goldberg Colby-Sawyer College
Shirley MacKenzie Bunker Hill Community College
Stuart Boersma Central Washington University
Tedd Ramseyer New England College
Tim Morse St. Lawrence University

For a list of previous NECQL meetings please visit:

The NECQL conference was sponsored in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Quantitative Literacy Across the Curriculum in a Liberal Arts Setting.