Many Students Don’t Practice Vital Quantitative Skills in Class, Survey Finds

 

Digesting quantitative information is crucial to everyday life, whether the purpose is trivial (following baseball) or profound (participating in democracy), the Chronicle of Higher Ed reports.

College students, however, don’t always participate in activities that develop this ability, according to their answers to a new set of questions on this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement, which was released last week.Since 2000, Nessie, as the survey is known, has collected wide-ranging data to help colleges develop effective educational practices and promote engagement. Students are asked, for instance, how much time they spend studying, how often they have discussions with people of a different race or ethnicity, and how they interact with their professors and peers.

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