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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 #313667
Title: Using the Past to Mold the Future: Results of Surveys of Alumni from an Undergraduate Statistics Program
Author(s): Lisa Kay*+ and Patti Costello
Companies: Eastern Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University
Keywords: Statistics ; alumni ; survey ; undergraduate ; jobs ; skills

What kinds of jobs do individuals with undergraduate degrees in statistics obtain after they graduate? What skills developed in their undergraduate experience do they use? What skills do they wish they had gained while they were in college? The authors explore the answers to these questions and more in this paper. The results of a survey of alumni of Eastern Kentucky University's undergraduate statistics program are presented. This paper summarizes data gathered regarding the types of jobs the program's alumni have held, the skills they have used in their positions, the software and programming languages they have utilized, whether they attended graduate school, and other information provided on a 2014 survey. The results obtained in 2014 are compared with the results from similar surveys conducted in 2000-2001 and 2006.

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