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Bob Hayden

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Statistics in the colleges
Posted: Nov 25, 1996 9:53 PM
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I once read somewhere that many colleges and universities are beginning to
require one semester of statistics for all their graduates, but I don't
remember where I read it. Has anyone else heard of that or have any numbers
to back it up?

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There is no college-wide requirement at PSC, but a few years ago I
checked the numbers and there were more people enrolled in stats than
were in the graduating class! Of course, stat. is a first or second
year course, and some of those folks do not go on to graduate, and
some take it more than once. However, I still think it is safe to say
that most of our students take stats. For Spring 1997, we have
scheduled 8 sections, typically of about 34 students each, or about
270 students. We had the same this fall, plus one section each in
summer and winterim, for about 600 students per year. An entering
class is roughly 1200 and a graduating class roughly 800. These
numbers are down from when I made a more precise estimate becasue
enrollments are way down in business and way up in education.

In contrast, we run one section each of Calculus I and "Applied"
Calculus I each semester. So, at PSC, a student is MUCH more likely
to take statistics than calculus.

We are unusual in that virtually all of the stats. courses are in the
math. dept. Usually each department that uses statistics has its own
course. There are pros and cons to that. Certainly having it all in
one department makes it easier to keep track of enrollments!

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