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Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education

A national organization whose mission is to support and advance undergraduate statistics education, in four target areas:
resources, professional development, outreach, and research.

Professional Development
Professional Development


eCOTS 2014
eCOTS 2014









Technology Innovations in Statistics Education (TISE) publishes Volume 7, Issue 3, 2013
Robert Gould says "I'm very pleased to present this special edition of Technology Innovations of Statistics Education, The Future of the Textbook. The main papers were first presented in a session organized by Joan Garfield at the 2011 Joint Statistics Meetings in Miami, Florida. Webster West, Rebekah Isaak, and Chris Barr each presented their vision, and I served as the discussant. The papers you see in this volume elaborate on the original presentations, and I'm honored to have a very distinguished group of statisticians provide commentary."



JSE Volume 21, Number 3 now available
The November 2013 issue of the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE) is now online ( If you would like to receive e-mail alerts when new issues are released, please contact our Editorial Assistant, Jean Scott, at Michelle Everson, JSE Editor, has set up both a Facebook group for JSE and a Twitter account to better spread the word about new issues and journal articles/features. For more details about joining the Facebook group or following JSE on Twitter, please visit the JSE homepage.



SERJ Volume 12 Number 2, November 2013 now available
Co-editors Peter Petocz and Bob delMas are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of the Statistics Education Research Journal (SERJ). SERJ is a peer-reviewed electronic journal of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI). SERJ is published twice a year and is free. Please visit the main SERJ page for information about submitting manuscripts for review, and to access past issues.



Winners Announced for the 2013 Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC)
We are pleased to announce the winners of our fourth biennial undergraduate statistics project competition (USPROC). The purpose of USPROC is to encourage the development of data analysis skills, to enhance presentation skills, and to recognize outstanding work by undergraduate statistics students. New this year were two types of undergraduate Statistics Project Competitions:

  • Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition (USRESP):
    This competition is for undergraduate students who conduct research projects that are statistically related, either methodological or applied. The types of research projects may include research work from REU research projects, senior capstone research projects, or independent research projects that are not based on a specific course that students are taking.
  • Undergraduate Statistics Class Project Competition (USCLAP):
    This competition is for undergraduate students who are taking an applied statistics course(s) at introductory, or intermediate levels, in which class project is part of the course work (either required or optional).


Donate to CAUSE
You can make a tax-deductible donation to CAUSE through our development account administered by The Ohio State University. The CAUSE Support Fund is used for pilot projects and activities that further our mission of advancing resources, professional development, and research in statistics education. For example, a donation of $80 commissions a cartoon for free use by teachers in their classrooms or course websites. A $160 donation provides a registration grant for a graduate student, AP teacher, or 2-year college faculty to attend USCOTS. $300 provides free monthly conference calling for a faculty interest group. A regular donation of $50/month pays for the entire A-mu-sing competition.



USCOTS 2013 was a tremendous success!
USCOTS 2013: Making Change Happen! Change can be difficult, but also exhilarating, scary, but also liberating. Previous USCOTS sessions have advocated various types of changes in teaching statistics likely to produce enhanced student learning. Conference participants often become excited about visionary ideas presented, but struggle to follow through and affect sustained changes at their home institutions. USCOTS '13 will addressed the goal of making change happen.
This conference was designed to model good teaching in its sessions, social activities, and hallways. Keep an eye on the USCOTS web pages as we add presentation and other materials from each session.


Research Report

CAUSE Announces Release of Statistics Education Research Report

CAUSE is pleased to announce the release of a new report. Funded by grants from NSF and supported by ASA, this project was a collaborative effort that took place over two years. It provides concise and current reviews of the research in six areas as well as suggested research questions with associated assessment issues and pointers on how answers to these questions can improve the teaching and learning of statistics. A webinar to discuss the report is planned for May.

Connecting Research to Practice in a Culture of Assessment for Introductory College-level Statistics (PDF file)


Facebook Group

CAUSEweb Facebook Group
CAUSEweb now has an official Facebook group. We hope that it will be a place where we can share new things going on and also seek out new ideas and resources from the Statistics Education community. On a regular basis, we will share new links and resources that have been added to and make important announcements related to CAUSE activities.



PROJECT-SET: Statistics Education for Teachers

Project-SET is a new NSF funded project that aims to develop innovative curricular materials to enhance the ability of high school teachers to foster students' statistical learning regarding two fundamental topics: sampling variability and regression. These materials will be useful for teacher preparation institutions, school districts, professional development programs, and individuals interested in furthering their own statistical knowledge. All materials will be geared towards helping high school teachers implement the Common Core State Standards for statistics as well as closely align with the learning goals outlined in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum Framework (GAISE) report.


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