Int'l committee finds Bar-Ilan’s Dept. lacking

Higher Education Council in Israel has instructed Bar-Ilan University to freeze its statistics program for 2012-2013 school year.

July 31, 2012 01:44
Psychology building in Bar-Ilan University

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.

The move 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.

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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.

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