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Smith Launches Center to Promote Quantitative Literacy

The need to analyze and draw conclusions from quantitative data does not disappear if a student decides to major in a subject other than mathematics. In fact, Smith College courses in government, sociology, environmental studies, chemistry and others regularly include quantitative materials. To support students doing work across the curriculum, Smith recently established the Quantitative Learning Center.

Catherine McCune, a former visiting professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith, assumed her post as the center’s inaugural director on August 1. McCune, a Northampton resident, received her doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Similar to the college’s Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning, the new center supports students outside of class. The Quantitative Learning Center offers tutoring services and holds workshops and class study sessions.

The new center opened in September on the second floor of Neilson Library.

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