2013-2014 Webinar Series on Undergraduate Statistics
The American Statistical Association endorses the value of undergraduate programs in statistical science, both for statistical science majors and for students in other majors seeking a minor or concentration. Original guidelines for such programs were endorsed in 2000. To help gather input and identify issues and areas for discussion, the workgroup updating the curriculum guidelines organized a series of webinars to focus on different issues. The webinar recordings and slides are available below.
Observations from Large Programs ( Slides)
Friday, September 27, 2013 12:00-12:45pm Eastern Time
Description: Different institutions implement statistics programs in different ways. In this webinar, we will hear from representatives from four large undergraduate statistics programs (Berkeley, BYU,
Harvard and NCSU) and discuss the existing guidelines and issues which should be addressed in the future.
Connection with Community Colleges ( Slides)
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:00-6:45pm Eastern Time
Description: Community colleges serve a key role in the US higher education system, accounting for approximately 40% of all enrollments. In this webinar, representatives from community colleges and
universities with many community college transfers will discuss the interface between the systems and ways to prepare students for undergraduate degrees and minors in statistics.
Building Towards Big Data and Data Science ( Slides)
Monday, November 18, 2013 6:00-6:45pm Eastern Time
Description: Undergraduate Statistics majors and minors will be entering an increasingly data-centric world upon graduation. What new skills and capacities will they need to succeed in this
environment? How do we train the current generation of faculty to be able to teach them? In this webinar, data scientists and faculty will work to enunciate key aspects which need to be included in our
The Role and Variety of Undergraduate Statistics Capstones ( Slides)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:00-5:45pm Eastern Time
The undergraduate capstone experience brings reflection and focus as well as integration of material studied within a major. Capstones require the disciplined use of skills, methodology and knowledge
taught throughout their courses, experiential and co-curricular activities. In this webinar, several models for undergraduate capstones will be discussed, as well as key themes which pervade
Preparing Statistics Majors for Graduate Study (Perhaps Your Own!) ( Slides)
Friday, February 7, 2014 2:00-2:45pm Eastern Time
The current guidelines were designed to prepare students for graduate school, and the webinar's participants will share their program's experience with statistics majors. In addition to reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of current undergraduate preparation for graduate study, the webinar will look to future expectations (particularly with regard to big data and computing) for admission in statistics, biostatistics, and analytics programs.