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Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR)

Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR)

Oberlin College was awarded a grant of $800,000 in 2012 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to support the natural sciences and strengthen student learning of math and quantitative skills to meet the demands of interdisciplinary research. With the grant, Oberlin established the Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR). The Center, akin to the Writing Center, aims to help natural science students strengthen their understanding of quantitative and formal reasoning skills by providing peer support for basics such as math and graphs, and advanced skills, such as modeling, which are common in different disciplines.

The center will play a critical role in meeting the college’s strategic goal of integrating quantitative analysis and data-informed reasoning into all majors and program at Oberlin. The Center will serve this goal by providing an ongoing source of support for faculty development, curriculum development, and quantitative and formal reasoning programming essential to sustaining a current and vital curriculum for students to acquire the ability to use tools, algorithms, or strategies to solve problems, make decisions, or evaluate evidence. Such skills are required in virtually all academic fields, are used in almost every profession, and are necessary for decision-making in everyday life.

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