(Nov. 30, 2011) -- The Quantitative Literacy Program (QLP) is looking for teams of faculty members to submit proposals for incorporating quantitative literacy and communication into their classrooms. Proposals by individual faculty members also are welcome. The individuals and teams will create quantitative literacy courses (or Q-courses) that will help faculty redesign core courses and enhance students' critical thinking and reasoning skills.
>> A proposal workshop for interested faculty will be 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Dec. 8 in John Peace Library Room 2.01.08E on the UTSA Main Campus. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, email email@example.com call 210-458-8632.
Winning proposals will be funded up to $15,000 each. The program will provide awardees with training during the summer for implementation of best practices for teaching quantitative content, course redesign and assessment. The grant application form and proposal guidelines are available at the QLP website.
In fall 2011, UTSA began the implementation of the QLP to enhance student learning as part of the Quality Enhancement Plan that is required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The QLP focuses on enhancing the quantitative reasoning and critical thinking skills of undergraduate students to help them understand and evaluate data, assess risks and benefits, and make informed decisions in all aspects of their lives.
To support its primary goal, QLP offers quantitative literacy course (Q-course) development grants to enhance the undergraduate core curriculum with quantitative writing and literacy. The grants program, which started in fall 2011, has funded 10 teams of faculty members thus far, and more than 60 sections from various disciplines and are now designated as Q-courses in UTSA's course catalogue. This second round of funding seeks to increase the number of Q-courses offered and grow the Q-course faculty community, according to Raj Boppana, QLP director and professor of computer science.
"We look forward to receiving several outstanding Q-course development proposals from teams of faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level," said Boppana. "The faculty of the Q-course development grants will have the opportunity to be leaders in the development of an exemplary core curriculum."
UTSA sociology professor Ginny Garcia, a current Q-course grant recipient, said, "The QLP has enhanced the course by integrating some necessary quantitative skills into the discussion and analysis of social trends. The students will gain a better understanding of how to describe and discuss such concepts as poverty, immigration and general research methods, among many others."
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