Introductory Overview Lecture: Examining What and How We Teach at All Levels: Key Ideas to Ensure the Progress and Relevance of Statistics — Invited Special Presentation
JSM Partner Societies
Organizer(s): Rebecca Nugent, Carnegie Mellon University
Chair(s): Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Duke University
It has never been a better time to be a statistician. Demand for our profession continues to grow while the emergence of data science has invigorated both industry and academia. However, our education programs are simultaneously facing record numbers of students, the need to keep pace with the rapidly changing set of data-related tools and software development, and unparalleled diversity of career options. Innovation in education and training is a must at all levels, but it can seem daunting - where to begin? This IOL session will highlight changes in the national landscape for introductory level material and both undergraduate and graduate programs in statistics, biostatistics, and data science. We will give an overview of where we are as a field, emphasizing new ideas that could be adopted relatively smoothly, and provoke discussion about where we should be and what it will take to get there.