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ERIC Number: ED447295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-10
Pages: 9
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Decision-Makers at the Crossroads: Changing Quantitative and Technological Tools.
Hallett, Deborah Hughes
Decision makers have always relied on a mixture of qualitative and quantitative information. Recently, two technological tools--spreadsheets and the Internet--have dramatically altered how decision makers analyze quantitative information, thus necessitating curriculum changes in programs to prepare students to use these tools effectively. Harvard and the University of Arizona have each developed new courses to help the next generation of decision makers master the numerical methods and data interpretation techniques required to analyze the increasing amounts of quantitative information available to decision makers in government and elsewhere. Both courses share a common philosophy and use similar tools, and both courses are driven by projects that allow students to use these tools in the context of a realistic decision. However, each course serves very different students. The Harvard course is part of a summer program that is an introduction to the Kennedy School of Government's master's program in public administration. It is targeted toward mid-career students who have extensive practical experience but have not studied mathematics recently. In contrast, the Arizona program is offered to undergraduate business majors through the department of mathematics. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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