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QUAC: Quantitative Understanding Across the Curriculum

About QUAC at MCLA

Math student writing math formula on white boardThe Association of American Colleges and Universities defines quantitative literacy in the following way:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) – also known as Numeracy or Quantitative Reasoning (QR) – is a "habit of mind," competency, and comfort in working with numerical data. Individuals with strong QL skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).

The Quantitative Understanding Across the Curriculum (QUAC) group at MCLA is comprised of faculty across several disciplines who share the common goal of shaping and broadening quantitative literacy within our communities.


The mission of the Quantitative Understanding Across the Curriculum (QUAC) group at MCLA is to promote and support development of and engagement with the quantitative sciences across the curriculum at all levels, and to create an institutional culture of bravery and positivity toward numeracy. QUAC reaches out to faculty in all disciplines through its professional development offerings, including workshops and reading discussions. Our group works together with the institution's Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE) to encourage students through development of resources to support their academic achievement, and provides a local support network to K-12 educators in the quantitative disciplines. We also endeavor to work through the STEM Network to engage in outreach to the community.

Faculty Outreach

QUAC aims to engage in the following activities to support faculty across campus:

  • Professional development workshops;
  • Network for faculty across all disciplines to communicate about quantitative matters;
  • Quantitative book club;
  • Workshops related to learning outcomes in quantitative literacy;
  • Creation of rubrics for evidence-based assessment of teaching practices;
  • Maintenance of a Canvas page for resources to help teach quantitative matters.

To become involved with QUAC or to participate in QUAC activities, please e-mail Erin Kiley (


QUAC aims to engage in the following activities to support students:

  • Assisting CSSE with tutor training;
  • Assisting Admissions with tour guide training;
  • Managing MCLA's Mathematics Drop-In Help Center;
  • Promoting quantitative science by decorating walls with relevant art and student work;
  • Hosting a series of guest lectures on mathematical and quantitative concepts and careers.


QUAC aims to engage in the following activities to support community members:

  • Monthly socials with K-12 educators in STEAM;
  • Outreach to the Berkshire Museum and other organizations.