Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do courses work exactly?

There are four main components to our courses:
  1. Readings (course text, course files and other materials)
  2. Discussion with instructor and other students via daily web forum (asynchronous - you need not be online at any particular time of day)
  3. Homework (submitted online weekly, with individualized feedback the following week)
  4. Some courses include a final project or exam
For more details on how these online courses work, click here.


How do I transfer to another course?  Or withdraw from a course?

Click here for information about transfer and withdrawal policies.


Will the credits from a course at the Institute transfer to another college or university?

The credits granted in most of the Institute's courses are continuing education units (C.E.U's). Colleges and universities may recognize these courses for credit, or to meet specific requirements, but these decisions are made independently by the receiving institution.
Academic credit is available for a number of the Institute's courses via the American Council on Education´s "Credit Recommendation Service." The American Council on Education is an organization of more than 1800 U.S. universities, 4-year colleges and community colleges, including institutions that are both public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit.
Click here for a list of courses that are covered under this program, and to learn more about how it works.


Who are the instructors at the Institute?

The Institute has over 60 instructors, who are recruited based on their expertise in various areas in statistics (most are the authors of well-regarded texts in their area). An advisory board of senior faculty who has made important contributions to the field of statistics or online education in statistics (each with over five years of teaching experience online at the Institute) advises the president on curriculum and standards.
You can read about the individual instructors here.


What type of courses does the Institute offer?

The Institute offers approximately 100 courses each year.  Topics include basic survey courses for novices, a full sequence of introductory statistics courses, bridge courses to more advanced topics, and courses in biostatistics, engineering statistics, data mining, business analytics, survey statistics, and environmental statistics.


The following questions pertain to the Program in Analytics and Statistical Studies (PASS) certificate program:

Are there any prerequisites for applying to the program?

Yes, you must have taken the equivalent of the Institute's Introduction to Statistics course sequence. However, you may gain conditional admission, with full enrollment conditional upon completion of that course, which is offered free of charge to those admitted to PASS under these conditions.  Please look at the PASS admission criteria here.


I have credits from another institution that I would like to transfer to this program. How do I know if they will transfer?

PASS applicants may substitute previous education or training for up to 3 required courses in a PASS certificate. Proof of successful completion of the alternate education or training must be presented, along with the PASS application form. Please list them in the prerequisite section of the application and we will review them.


Will the credits from this program transfer to another college or university?

The credits granted in most of the Institute's courses are continuing education units (C.E.U's). Colleges and universities may recognize these courses for credit, or to meet specific requirements, but these decisions are made independently by the receiving institution.


Can I enroll in just a few courses? I'm not interested in earning a certificate.

Yes, you can enroll in courses without applying for the program.The Institute welcomes learners of all kinds!


Can I just start completing individual courses and then enroll in the certificate program at a later date or do I need to enroll in the certificate upfront?

Because PASS candidates are held to a higher standard of work in courses and we must assess this at the time each is course taken, we do not permit students to retroactively claim a Certificate on the basis of courses previously taken on an individual basis prior to enrollment in PASS.  The exception is that we do allow up to three courses to be retroactively applied to the Certificate so that students may try out our system and see whether it is suitable. We strongly recommend that those interested in PASS take at least one of our courses prior to applying for the program.

I want to enroll in two PASS certificate programs, and a couple of the courses that are required in the first PASS program are also required in the second PASS program.  Can I just take those courses once?

Yes.  You may enroll in a second program once more than half the work in the first is successfully completed. Once enrolled in two or more programs, courses that are common to each need be taken only once.


Tell me about the faculty at the Institute

The Institute has over 60 instructors, who are recruited based on their expertise in various areas in statistics (most are the authors of well-regarded texts in their area). An advisory board of senior faculty who has made important contributions to the field of statistics or online education in statistics (each with over five years of teaching experience online at the Institute) advises the president on curriculum and standards.
You can read about the individual instructors here.


Is it possible to offer this program in my region?

All of the required courses and electives are offered online, allowing you to complete the Program anywhere in the world.


Will my work be graded?

Yes, you will be graded on your work, only if you are enrolled in PASS (Programs in Analytics and Statistical Studies).


Do I need to maintain a certain GPA in PASS?

There is no minimum GPA required, but only courses that you pass successfully (>70%) will count towards program completion.
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