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Statistics in the colleges
Posted:
Nov 25, 1996 9:53 PM


 Forwarded message from BillRoloff@aol.com 
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?
 End of forwarded message from BillRoloff@aol.com 
There is no collegewide 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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