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TAS Special Issue: "Statistics and the Undergraduate Curriculum"

The American Statistician Editorial Team is proud to announce the development of a special issue of TAS focused on issues related to undergraduate programs in statistics and statistical science.

Statistics is increasingly important in the modern world, due in part to the proliferation of complex and rich data as well as growing recognition of the role that statistics plays in making evidence-based decisions. At the same time, enrollments in statistics classes have been increasing dramatically. More students are entering college having completed a statistics class, and more students are studying statistics at the college level. There is growing demand for a variety of strong undergraduate programs in statistics to help prepare the next generation of students to make sense of the information around them.

The special issue will be co-edited by Nicholas Horton (Amherst College) and Johanna Hardin (Pomona College). The special issue will include a mix of invited papers and papers submitted in response to this call. Although an emphasis will be placed on articles suitable for Teachers Corner and Statistical Computing and Graphics, we also will consider other article types (i.e., Statistical Practice, History Corner, and Interdisciplinary).

Submitted papers should focus on aspects of statistical education beyond the first course for undergraduate (post-secondary) students, including (but not limited to):

  • The increasing importance of computation and data-related capacities,

  • Fostering the ability of students to experience the entire statistical analysis process by posing a statistical question, acquiring data, and communicating results to a non-statistician,

  • Integrating undergraduate programs at two year colleges,

  • The role of co-curricular opportunities and capstone experiences as part of undergraduate programs,

  • Preparation of students for graduate programs in statistics,

  • Preparation of students for the workforce,

  • Minor programs and concentrations/specializations,

  • Discussion of revamped course curricula (e.g. data science, theoretical statistics) that can ensure students have a diverse set of statistical, computational, data-related, and communications skills, or

  • The role of ethics in the curriculum

Papers focusing exclusively on the introductory statistics course, pre-college, or graduate programs will not be considered for this special issue.

Manuscripts should be submitted via the TAS website using the on-line portal system (see Authors should indicate in their cover letter that the paper is being submitted for the Special Issue on Undergraduate Programs (select the "Statistics and the Undergraduate Curriculum" manuscript type).

All submissions are due by December 5th, 2014. Submitted papers will follow standard TAS external review procedures. The Special Issue will be published in November 2015. Inquiries and questions can be directed to any of the issue co-editors ( or

We look forward to receiving your submission. For more information on TAS, please visit