Quantitative literacy course (Q-course) development grants program is announced


By Rebecca Luther
Communications Coordinator, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Quantitative Literacy Program (QLP) is currently looking for teams of faculty members to submit proposals for incorporating quantitative literacy and communication into their discipline. Proposals by individual faculty members are also welcome.

A proposal workshop for interested faculty will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8 in JPL 2.01.08E. Walk-ins are welcome. To register or fFor more information, email qlp@utsa.edu or call 458-8632.

Winning proposals will be funded up to $15,000 each. The program will provide the 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 from the QLP web page, www.cs.utsa.edu/qlp.

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 will seek to increase the number of Q-courses offered and grow the Q-course faculty community, says QLP Director Raj Boppana.

“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,” says Boppana. “The faculty of the Q-course development grants will have the opportunity to be leaders in the development of an exemplary core curriculum.”

Sociology professor Ginny Garcia, one of the current Q-course grant recipients, 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 fuller understanding of how to describe and discuss such concepts as poverty, immigration, and general research methods, among many others.”