Enhancement of Current Boston University Strengths

Numeracy and Society

  • We propose the creation of a University-wide course that addresses the complex relationships between numeracy, technology, public policy, and ethics, teaching our students how statistical data is gathered, processed, and used to make important decisions in culture, society, and government. Two models can leverage existing strengths at BU: 1) the creation of a math / numeracy program analogous to the Writing Program, and 2) a wider extension of the successful joint course MA/CS 109, “The Art and Science of Quantitative Reasoning,” which already satisfies divisional requirements.

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