The efficacy of intensive statistical programming courses at the undergraduate level
Ifill, N., & Holmes, D. (2010). The efficacy of intensive statistical programming courses at the undergraduate level. In American Statistical Association Joint Statistical Meeting 2010, July 31 - August 5, 2010, Vancouver, BC https://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2010/onlineprogram/AbstractDetails.cfm?abstractid=308347
Students taking an introductory SAS programming course have the opportunity to take an intensive three-week class or a typical ten-week version. To determine the relative educational value of each class format, two interviews were conducted amongst each class's students-one before the class began and one after it was finished. Because of limited class sizes, randomly selected samples could not be taken. Students' responses to the survey provide encouraging news for intensive statistical programming courses, which are often available during the summer. Not only do students perceive that they are learning more; we noted that the average class grade was comparable for each group as well.