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Quantitative Reasoning Flag Criteria and Interpretation

Criterion

The following criterion was developed and approved by the Faculty Council.

To satisfy the quantitative reasoning flag, at least half of the course grade must be based on the use of quantitative skills (e.g., data analysis and modeling, simulation, statistics, probability, and quantitative decision analysis) to analyze real-world problems.

Interpretation

The following interpretation was developed by the faculty committee that oversees the Quantitative Reasoning flag and was approved by the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee.

Much of our current understanding of the world involves arguments with a quantitative component. The Quantitative Reasoning flag reflects the perspective that an educated person of the 21st century should be able to construct and critically evaluate a quantitative argument or model. The Quantitative Reasoning flag challenges the UT Austin community to help our students include quantitative reasoning as part of how they understand the world with nuance and precision. The goal is for students to learn how to use logical, numerical, and statistical arguments and models and to understand the reasoning behind them. We should aim high and require more than a superficial application of statistical equations or mathematical relationships, striving to have our students understand their underlying reasoning.