Essential Studies Quantitative Literacy Course Approval

Learning Outcome and Criteria

Oregon Tech students will demonstrate quantitative literacy.


Quantitative literacy comprises the ability to appropriately extract, interpret, evaluate, construct, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in students’ everyday professional, civic, and personal lives.

Criteria for Quantitative Literacy Assessment
As revised by the Quantitative Literacy ESLO Committee for use in Fall submission of 2016-17 Course Approval Forms.

The following are criteria used in the assessment of student work:

  • Calculate: Perform mathematical calculations correctly (and evaluate/confirm that they have done so).
  • Interpret: Extract and interpret quantitative information presented in various commonly used forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, prose).
  • Construct Representations: Convert relevant quantitative information and data into different forms as appropriate (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, prose).
  • Apply in Context: Apply appropriate quantitative methods, draw justified conclusions, evaluate claims, and make decisions based on quantitative information. Make and evaluate key assumptions in estimation, modeling, and data analysis.
  • Communicate: In writing and (where appropriate) in speaking, effectively communicate accurate quantitative information in support of conclusions. In doing so, use representations of quantitative evidence appropriate to both audience and purpose (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, prose).

Required Information for Essential Studies Approval

During the current implementation phase of Essential Studies, we are seeking Essential Studies Course Approval applications for courses at the Foundation and Essential Practice levels (Processes for Program-Integrated Practice, ESSE, and Capstone courses may differ, and will be further defined as we move forward.)

In order to ease the transition to Essential Studies, and provide predictability for students, departments, and programs, GEAC is soliciting Foundation and Essential Practice course approval applications only from courses that fulfill requirements in the prior general education framework. In a few limited cases, to build out course lists, ESLO committees may reach out to invite particular faculty and departments to submit applications.

For the Foundation Level in the Quantitative Literacy outcome, specific statistics courses have already been identified; only Essential Practice courses in Quantitative Literacy are being solicited at this time.

To submit a course, provide the following information:

  1. A CPC New Course Request or Course Change form, if needed. (Note: An existing course with no changes to course title, description, credits or prerequisites does not require submission to CPC; rather submit items 2-4 directly to GEAC, by emailing them to Nellie Stewart. If CPC changes are required, attached the documents below to your CPC submission.)
  2. A Essential Studies Course Approval Form (see link at right) with chair and dean signatures
  3. A detailed course syllabus that includes (a) course outcomes, (b) identification of appropriate ESLO(s). (Note: Make sure that the activities of the course integrate the outcomes as listed in the syllabus.)
  4. An assignment requiring student work appropriate for proficiency assessment in the identified ESLO.

Following submission for Essential Studies approval, a course undergoes a review process involving GEAC and the associated ESLO committee.

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QL ESLO Committee

Randall Paul, Chair
Richard Bailey
Tara Guthrie
Kari Lundgren
Terri Torres
Gregg Waterman