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Six Departments Selected for IDA Launch

The ASA's new Integrating Data Analysis (IDA) project will engage six departments ready to develop inquiry skills and enhance research training for their undergraduate students. The initial departments selected to participate in IDA are: University of Central Florida; North Carolina State University; Sinclair Community College (OH); South Dakota State University; State University of New York-Brockport; and Western Washington University. They were selected from a competitive group of applicants to work on curriculum revision as a department. At least half of each faculty will attend a workshop at the University of Michigan in June 2002 and will develop data analysis modules for their non-research methods courses.

In their application, each sociology department identified courses that are ripe for inclusion of empirical material from primarily Census data and also the General Social Survey or other data sources. The goal of the IDA Project is to infuse the curriculum with developmental research experiences that better connect with existing research methods and statistics courses. “With at least half of the faculty participating in the summer workshop, there is a critical mass of colleagues who can achieve this goal,” says Carla B. Howery, ASA's IDA Co-principal Investigator. “Over the next two to three years, however, we will work with the full department to ensure long-lasting change, pervasive curriculum reform, coordination of efforts, and models that can be useful to other departments.”

The IDA project brings together the ASA's commitment to research training for undergraduates with the experience of William Frey, University of Michigan, and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN). The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the IDA project for three years. Six more departments will be selected in 2002-2003 to transform their curricula and to attend the summer workshop in June 2003. The IDA staff will provide substantive and technical support and conduct site visits to these two cohorts of departments.

Information about IDA will appear in Footnotes and on the ASA homepage, including the 2003 competition. For more information, contact Carla B. Howery, Director, Academic and Professional Affairs Program, howery@asanet.org.