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.