UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #1

SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM A

(2/00)

FORM A: DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

(Submit to Division Chair)

Discipline:

Statistics

Date

9/19/00

Note: All changes become effective with the 2001-2003 catalog.

Statistical Summary of Proposed Changes:

 

(a)

(b)

(b) – (a)

 

Present

Proposed

Net Change*

The Major

 

 

 

Total courses required for a major**:

0

0

0

Total credits required for a major**:

0

0

0

The Minor

 

 

 

Total courses required for a minor**:

0

0

0

Total credits required for a minor**:

0

0

0

General Education

 

 

 

Total General Education courses:

8

8

0

Total General Education credits:

28

28

0

Entire Discipline

 

 

 

Total courses taught in the discipline***:

0(9)

9

9(0)

Total credits taught in the discipline***:

0(29)

29

29(0)

 

 

 

 

*"Present" counts are to be taken from the current 1999-2001 catalog and "Proposed" counts from copy for the new 2001-2003 catalog. The "Net Change" may reflect changes made earlier between catalogs.

**Includes required courses from other disciplines. ***Does not include Directed Studies or Senior Honors Projects.

Narrative Summary

If individual course changes are part of an overall plan for change within the discipline's curriculum, please summarize the intent of the changes in the space below. Use additional sheets as needed.

UMM currently offers 8 statistics courses from within the Mathematics discipline in the division of Science and Mathematics under the course numbering system Math X6XX. This set of curriculum changes transfers existing courses of the Mathematics Discipline to a new Statistics Discipline. These curriculum changes represent the beginning of the process of developing major and minor programs in statistics at UMM.

The number of students designing areas of concentration and areas of emphasis has been growing over the past few years. With this growth the paperwork involved in processing these applications has become a burden for students, faculty, the division chair, the dean, and finally the registrar. Each student application must be signed and processed by each of the previous individuals. At this level of student enrollment, we believe the time has come to standardize and simplify this process by developing major and minor programs in statistics.

An area of concentration in statistics is not equivalent to the mathematics major, and the course work required for a concentrated study of statistics cannot simply be added to the existing mathematics major. Statistics is a mathematical science, but it is not a field of mathematics. At UMM, statistics faculty are located within the Mathematics Discipline for administrative convenience and because statistics is a mathematical science.

The societal demand for statistical education is evident through the employment and graduate school experiences of our students. We believe students in other fields have found statistical training a valuable supplement to their liberal arts education at UMM.

Financial Implications

Are there any financial or staffing implications of this proposal? If so, explain.

None. All of the courses and faculty relevant to this discipline proposal are simply being shifted from the Mathematics Discipline. No additional workload or staffing is implied by these changes.