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Prestatistics: Acceleration and New Hope for Non-STEM Majors

With Jay Lehmann (College of San Mateo)


Many community college students come ill prepared for college work. In fact, at College of San Mateo, only about 13% of students progress through the two-course algebra sequence and pass statistics within 2 years. A small but growing percentage of community colleges have created a prestatistics course, which is an accelerated path for non-STEM students. By removing an exit point and preparing students solely for statistics, there is great potential for success. Instead of focusing on computations, my department emphasizes concepts, interpretations, and portions of descriptive statistics that students typically find challenging. We will discuss how to design and teach such a course as well as how to avoid potential problems.