# Analysis of the Quantitative Reasoning and Literacy Assessment at Longwood University as an Indicator for Success in Math 164 and Math 171

Presented by Leigh Lunsford, Phillip Poplin and David Shoenthal

Whether at the course, program or institutional level, student assessment is expected and necessary for planning and improving student success. Unfortunately, assessment at multiple levels can potentially lead to testing and survey fatigue for students and burdensome processes for instructor implementation. The Department of Math & Computer Science faculty recognized these concerns from involvement in institutional level assessment of quantitative reasoning (SCHEV core competency) and utilization of course assessments for identifying and providing interventions for at-risk students in Math 164 (Precalculus) and Math 171 (Statistical Decision Making). In this presentation, results are shared on the research and analysis of the Quantitative Reasoning and Literacy Assessment (QRLA) instrument as a predictor of success in Math 164 (Precalculus) and Math 171 (Statistical Decision Making) as well as next steps.

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Leigh Lunsford is a Professor of Mathematics at Longwood University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Mississippi State University, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alabama System (Huntsville). She has been at Longwood since 2004 and regularly teaches statistics and calculus.

Phillip Poplin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics in his thirteenth year at Longwood University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from UNC-Charlotte, a Master’s degree from Appalachian University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from North Carolina State University. He has been teaching Math 171 consistently for the past eight years.

David Shoenthal is an Associate Professor of Mathematics in his twelfth year at Longwood. He is currently chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He earned his Ph.D. from Penn State, and has been teaching Math 171 and Math 164 sporadically for the last seven years.

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