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Empirical & Quantitative Skills: Core Objective Recommendations

This guide has been created as part of our institutional goal to evaluate and improve student performance in the core objectives, to serve as a resource for faculty members.

Definining Q&E Skills

Texas Higher Education and Coordinating Board

Manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions

Houston Community College

The ability to draw conclusions based on the systematic analysis of topics using observation, experiment, and/or numerical skills

Develop a definition of Empirical and Quantitative Skills that is relevant to your program. Your definition should be consistent with THECB's and HCC's definitions of EQS and include these elements:

  1. Manipulation of data
  2. Manipulation of observable facts
  3. Methods of systematic analysis such as observation, experiment, mathematical analyses
  4. Process of reaching informed conclusions

Examples of Assessments

Assess how well students can:

  1. summarize the pattern of results in a graph without making inappropriate inferences,
  2. evaluate how strongly correlational data support hypotheses,
  3. provide alternative explanations for a pattern of results that has many possible causes,
  4. identify additional information needed to evaluate a hypothesis/interpretation,
  5. evaluate whether spurious relationships strongly support a claim,
  6. provide alternative explanations for spurious relationships,
  7. identify additional information needed to evaluate a hypothesis/interpretation,
  8. determine whether an invited inference in an advertisement is supported by information,
  9. provide relevant alternative interpretations of information,
  10. separate relevant from irrelevant information,
  11. analyze and integrate information from multiple sources to solve a real-world problem,
  12. use basic math skills to solve a real-world problem,
  13. identify suitable solutions for a real-world problem using relevant information
  14. identify and explain the best solution for a real-world problem using relevant information, and
  15. explain how changes in a real-world problem might affect the solution.

Adapted from the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.

Use Performance Indicators

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