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Sustainability

Penn State University

Will the redesign be sustained now that the grant period is over?

The redesigned course has been used for three semesters and one summer session. The department is totally committed to its continuation. A core group of experienced instructors are committed to “teaching” the revised course, and new instructors are being phased in to widen the pool for the future. In addition, the department has obtained a long-term commitment for using the computer labs, which are fundamental to offering the restructured course, and arrangements have been completed for operation of the Web server and personnel to maintain it. The success of the redesigned course—as reflected by cost savings, improved performance by students, and instructors’ satisfaction—ensures that it is the preferred mode of instructional delivery.

In addition, the department will undertake a number of related curricular changes beginning in the spring 2002 semester: two introductory courses in biostatistics will be restructured, with total combined annual enrollments of about 300, as will also Engineering Statistics (a 400-level course), with annual enrollments of about 500. Additional tenured and untenured faculty will be working with the same course-redesign team. The course redesigns are expected to be completed and implemented in the fall 2002 semester. The revised Elementary Statistics course will be distributed for use at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses, with an additional annual enrollment of about 400. Full implementation will occur in the fall 2002 semester.

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