>This is really more related to the comments that Pat Ballew and >Jenny Kotlerman made in the 'Is AP Stat a 'soft' AP?' thread, concerning >the comparison between the college stat students they observed this >past year and the high school AP Stat students they currently teach. >In my experience, most of the students in a college intro course are >majoring in a field related either to business or to health careers. >They initially sign up for little other reason than "they gotta," and >without them, the course wouldn't even 'make' or be offered. (I try to >make their experience as much of a pleasant surprise as possible.) > >The question, open to all: What do you find mainly motivated your students >to sign up for AP Stats? Does it tend to be more for the honors credit/ >college credit, or did a significant percent see statistics either as >something important to delve into or as part of their long-term educational >goals (do many of yours have such goals yet?), or were there other reasons?
1) They "gotta" - it was the only non-calculus offering in the math department for seniors.
2) For the "AP" label. If it is indeed true that college admissions officers are not going to give the course respect - my school will no doubt drop it quickly in favor of a "non AP" offering of Calculus.