READERS' SURVEY INFORMS SECTION ABOUT NEWSLETTER

Tom Moore
Grinnell College

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 2, Number 1 (Winter 1996)


You may recall that with last June's Section Newsletter we included a short readers' survey. We wanted reader opinion to help the Section decide upon the future of the Newsletter. We also were looking for good ideas from you for improving the Newsletter.

In preparation for the Joint Statistical Meetings I summarized the responses received by August 10. There were 100, representing slightly less than a 10% response rate. Subsequently I received an additional 13 responses. While not part of the summary considered by the Section, these 13 responses were in essential agreement with the 100 in the formal summary. The results are tabled below.

Conclusions:

The Section's decision to publish two more years of the newsletter is certainly consistent with the survey. Notice that the results on hard vs. soft copy were more equivocal. Because of this we are going to continue to mail hard copy for these two years, giving readers the option of getting the newsletter electronically. Because of cost, we will strongly encourage our international readers to use the electronic option if feasible.

We asked for "suggested improvements" and received several good ideas. Generally a fair number of people seemed to want some articles that went beyond the informational. This issue includes a status report on statistics in the schools, a Q and A column, and a "position paper," all suggestions from readers. We still include plenty of informational articles because, while redundant in some cases to other publications, there were many positive comments about these.

The Section thanks those of you who responded to the survey.

Summary of Newsletter Evaluation Survey

Affiliation of respondents:  
   Academic, grad and undergrad       51
   Academic, primarily undergrad      29
   Industry/business                  10
   Other                              10
                                                 
Should the newsletter be continued?  
   Yes                                90
   No                                  2
   Maybe                               8

Do you prefer hard copy or electronic?
   Electronic                         53
   Hard copy                          36
   Undecided                           6
   Either                              5

Rate on scale of 1 (not interested) to 5 (very interested) your
interest level for articles in the future on:
 
    Topic                                      Mean rating
 Stat Ed program at JSM                            3.6             
 ASA education activities (e.g. QL)                4.1
 Stat Ed activities of other orgs                  3.7
 Conference/workshop announcements                 3.8
 Descriptions of journals, newsletters             3.9  

Should newsletter be available on the internet?
   Available on internet to everyone                83
   Available on internet to section members only     9
   Should NOT be made available on internet          3

Tom Moore
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA 50112
PHONE: (515) 269-4206
FAX: (515) 269-4984
MOORET@AC.GRIN.EDU


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