Message from the Section Chair

Roxy Peck
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 6, Number 1 (Winter 2000)

Please Read this and Act Now!

As you may know, the Journal of Statistics Education became an official ASA journal this year. JSE was the first electronic journal in statistics, and it is the only all-electronic journal sponsored by the ASA. Members of the Section on Statistical Education have found JSE to be both an avenue for publishing educationally related research and teaching materials, as well as a valuable resource. JSE publishes articles, datasets, interactive teaching materials, and what are known as "Teaching Bits" -- abstracts of articles on teaching statistics and summaries of articles from the popular press that make good classroom examples.

Prior to this year, JSE received funding from private sources and was free online to anyone who took the time to visit the website. This year, when it became an ASA journal, a MODEST subscription fee was instituted to help support the continuation of JSE. A subscription fee of $10 per calendar year (for both ASA members and non-members) gives the subscriber access to all issues from the current calendar year. At the end of the year, the current issues are moved to the archive, which is freely available.

This next year is a critical time for JSE, as ASA evaluates its commitment to the journal. It is important that we show our support by subscribing. I was dismayed earlier this year to receive my ASA membership renewal and not see JSE among the journals that I could subscribe to easily with my renewal. And, just this week I received a nice looking ASA membership card in the mail, with a postcard that I could send back to add ASA journal subscriptions -- and again JSE isn't listed! So, don't wait for it to come to you! Please, log on to the ASA home page and show your support for JSE by subscribing for the 2000 calendar year. You'll be glad you did.

Roxy Peck, College of Science and Mathematics, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407; (805) 756-2971;

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