Academic Programs Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Macalester College


Quantitative Thinking has been adopted as a graduate requirement, to start with the class of 2011 (entering fall, 2007).


This program is interdisciplinary, involving courses that include statistics, economics, political science,geography and journalism. The goal of this graduation requirement is to enable students to

  • Describe the world quantitatively,
  • Evaluating sources and quality of data.
  • Distinguish between association and causation,
  • Understand and deal with trade-offs,
  • Understand and deal with uncertainty and risk, and
  • Be able to handle estimation, modeling, and scale.


Project Director: David Bressoud
Associate Director: Daniel Kaplan


Funding Sources:

QM4PP is sponsored in part by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education, under Grant No. P116B020918 and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0229967. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Department of Education or the National Science Foundation.

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