Quantitative Reasoning Rubric Faculty Workshop 




A GE Assessment Policy was approved in January 2009 and implementation on the new policy began soon after.  A set of goals and outcomes for the GE Program, based on the Principles developed by the National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), were developed and approved by the Academic Senate in 2013.  The GE Assessment Committee has sponsored a number of activities to encourage the evaluation of the GE Outcomes by direct and indirect methods.

Coincident with these efforts, the university’s accreditation agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) revised their standards and expectations.  One standard asks that baccalaureate programs ensure the development of core competencies including, but not limited to, written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning.  Institutions must describe how the curriculum addresses each of the five core competencies, explain their learning outcomes in relation to those core competencies, and demonstrate, through evidence of student performance, the extent to which those outcomes are achieved.


In fall 2013, a group of faculty attended a workshop hosted by WASC and developed a definition of quantitative reasoning, identified criteria for the demonstration of quantitative reasoning, and modified an AAC&U’s Value Rubric for quantitative reasoning.  (The rubric is available at: The purpose of the Quantitative Reasoning Faculty Workgroup (QRFW) is to pilot the implementation of this rubric to evaluate student work product for evidence of quantitative reasoning.  Academic Programs will provide resources for up to six faculty from various disciplines.  Through meetings and individual work, QRFW members will employ the rubric to evaluate student work and analyze the process to make recommendations regarding expanded implementation.

The Quantitative Reasoning Rubric Faculty Workgroup shall:

  • Identify student work appropriate to be evaluated by the rubric.
  • Collect student work from a variety of classes as appropriate (lower division GE, upper division GE, senior classes for majors)
  • Identify examples of student work at different levels of proficiency and “norm” the rubric.
  • Use the rubric to evaluate student work (pilot implementation).
    • Analyze the process and make recommendations for expanded implementation.


Each QRFW member will receive a $600 stipend.  The group leader shall receive a $1200 stipend.  The QRFW as a group will receive another $500 to spend as the group agrees – typical expenditures might include a group book, taking a group trip, or attending a local conference.  Limited student assistant support will be available.  Note that the last two requirements may also be viewed as benefits for faculty below the level of full professor.

Description of Project (DOC)

Application (DOC)

QR Explanation (PDF)

QR Rubric (PDF)


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