Psychology building in Bar-Ilan University 390.
(photo credit: Avishai Teicher via the PikiWiki - Israel free ima)
The Council for Higher Education in Israel has instructed Bar-Ilan University to
freeze its statistics program for the 2012-2013 school year.
came after an international accrediting committee found shortcomings in the
university’s Statistics Department, including a lack of lecturers and learning
material that is not up-to-date.
Bar-Ilan is the only university in
Israel where students are able to earn a degree in statistics and mathematics,
as opposed to studying statistics as part of a social sciences program.
According to a university spokesman, registration for its statistics program
waned in recent years, and Bar-Ilan consulted with the Council for Higher
Education about suspending it.
Soon after, the international accrediting
committee was brought to Bar-Ilan to examine its Statistics Department and found
that it did not meet its standards.
The spokesman said Bar-Ilan is
freezing the program for one year in order to examine the situation and find a
solution to the department’s enrollment problem. One possibility, he said, was
to separate the degree from mathematics.