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Activity Number: 518
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #312598
Title: Initiatives in Applied Statistics Graduate Programs at Penn State
Author(s): Mosuk Chow*+ and Linda Clark and James Rosenberger and Glenn Johnson
Companies: Penn State and Penn State and Penn State and Penn State
Keywords: Applied Statistics ; Graduate Program ; Curriculum review ; initiatives ; Statistical Education

For a premium graduate Applied Statistics program, systematic improvement of the quality of the educational experience is essential. Asking fundamental questions concerning the integrity of courses and curricular consistency across course sections, both in residence and online is important. Furthermore, implementing changes must be strategic. This poster illustrates a number of related initiatives in these directions. First, formal course review that involves faculty currently teaching both resident and online courses as well as faculty as outside readers with experience teaching prerequisite or courses that follow. Second, the development of a concept map of applied statistics provides a broad view of the field and leads to a mapping of the program curriculum. Third, the harvesting of Statistical Consulting Center case-based projects so that they can be presented to MAS students as applied examples. Finally, the enhancement of the capstone practicum using project management software and video analysis of client meeting performance.

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