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Webinar Series Planned to Help Update Guidelines for Undergraduate Statistics Programs

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The American Statistical Association endorses the value of undergraduate programs in statistical science, both for statistical science majors and students in other majors seeking a minor or concentration. Guidelines for such programs were endorsed in 2000, and a new workgroup is updating them.

To help gather input and identify issues and areas for discussion, the workgroup has organized a series of webinars to focus on different issues. These are free to attend and will be made available after the event.

We hope you can participate in some or all of the following webinars. These will be recorded and made available for review after the session at the guidelines webpage.

Observations from Large Programs
Recorded and online
Different institutions implement statistics programs in different ways. In this webinar, we will hear from representatives from four large undergraduate
statistics programs and discuss the existing guidelines and issues that should be addressed in the future.

Connection with Community Colleges
Recorded and online
Community colleges serve a key role in the U.S. 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 Toward Big Data and Data Science
November 18, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time
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 that need to be included in our programs.

The Role and Variety of Undergraduate Statistics Capstones
December 4, 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 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 that pervade them all.

To be added to a low-volume, moderated mailing list for announcements related to the revision of the undergraduate guidelines, contact Rebecca Nichols at rebecca@amstat.org. More information about the workgroup and the process can be sent to the chair, Nicholas Horton, at nhorton@amherst.edu.

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