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Unifying Courses in Different Departments

A task force has been formed for a unified statistics course and has had several meetings. There has been considerable activity about statistics instruction at individual institutions. St. Joseph's has been the lead institution in this effort and a collection of faculty from mathematics, several social science departments and business have been meeting regularly during the 1996-97 academic year to refine plans for a unified course to be jointly taught by faculty in those departments. There are groups of faculty from several departments meeting also at C.W. Post, Farmingdale, and Nassau C.C. Development Fund awards supported statistical materials development at C.W. Post, Farmingdale, Nassau C.C., NYIT, St. Joseph's, and Suffolk C.C.

At the administrative level, the Consortium director has met with Deans at most of the Consortium institutions to work on the political issues (who gets the student workload credit) associated with a unified statistics course. At many institutions, the step directly to one single course may be too much for some social science departments to accept. Instead departments will offer their own courses that start with a collection of core statistical topics in a unified approach and then have additional particular material chosen for their discipline.

Some Examples of Recent Projects Include:

Analysis Of Political Behavior: The 1996 Presidential Elections
Elaine Landy, Sociology Department
Thomas Del Giudice, Economics Department
SUNY-Old Westbury
An Interdisciplinary Approach To Statistics Instruction
Louis Perone, Mathematics
Integrating Mathematics Of Fairness Into Labor Economics And Economic Development
Dieter Zschock, Economics Department
SUNY-Stony Brook
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Learning Approach In Statistics And Manufacturing
Hazem Tawfik, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department
Louis Perone, Mathematics Department
Design A Sequence Of Courses That Will Integrate The Teaching Of Statistics Across Disciplines
William Bengston, Sociology Department
Paul Hawryluk, Psychology Department
John Hazzard, Sociology Department
St. Joseph's College
Develop Modules For Biology Courses Which Reflect The Importance Of Statistics In The Biological Sequences
Linda Magliulo-Cepriano, Biology Department
Statistical Modules For Social Science Instruction
Bernard Gorman, Psychology Department
Nassau Community College

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The Long Island Consortium is sponsored by the NSF Initiative: Mathematical Sciences and Their Application Throughout the Curriculum, DUE #9555142. The original NSF proposal can be accessed by clicking here.

Last updated October 7, 1997. Please direct comments or suggestions to [email protected]