Mission and Philosophy

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The Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research at Bowling Green State University exists to support the academic mission and philosophy of the College of Business Administration and the University by:

  • educating students in quantitative reasoning, disseminating knowledge from the disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research, and promoting their use in all disciplines;
  • bringing the latest methodologies of quantitative decision making from the disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research to the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Business Administration;
  • preparing students in the MS (Applied Statistics) and MS in Applied Stat with a Specialization in Operations Research for successful careers in Statistics and Operations Research;
  • promoting the creation of new knowledge in the disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research;
  • assisting those who require help in the disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research through the Center for Business Analytics and other means, and by
  • nurturing the personal and professional development of all that participate in our academic activities and scholarly endeavors.

We strive to develop a learning environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, enhances critical thinking, develops quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills, encourages ethical behavior, develops communication skills and leadership ability. We are committed to offering programs that attract qualified students, to educating those students in both the theory and the practice of Statistics and Operations Research, graduating students who are well prepared to begin careers in Business Administration, Statistics and Operations Research and able to achieve continuous personal and professional growth through lifelong learning.

Our faculty members strive for excellence in teaching through continuous improvement of our courses and programs and by being open to new ideas in pedagogy in order to provide the best possible education to all students. Our faculty members strive to be productive researchers, particularly research of an applied nature, through collaborative research in functional areas of business and other disciplines. Our faculty members also strive to provide service to the university community, and to the professions of Statistics and Operations Research at the local, regional and national levels.

We believe that professional service or outreach is a major component of the disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research. We are committed to providing guidance and assistance to people outside our Department, College, or University who require assistance with Statistics and Operations Research.

The Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research provides instruction, conducts research and performs professional service in two quantitative areas essential for modern decision making. The vitality of this Department lies in its desire to be responsive and sensitive to the instructional, research and professional service needs of students and faculty from all departments within the College of Business Administration, the University, and professionals outside the University. We view ourselves as a resource providing assistance in Statistics and Operations Research through our teaching, research and service.

In teaching, we strive to refine the students' quantitative reasoning skills and contribute to their knowledge and understanding of Statistics and Operations Research. We emphasize the intelligent use of Statistics and Operations Research, the ability to communicate results clearly and concisely, and the need to approach problems with creativity and common sense. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the overall intellectual growth of the students and to produce graduates capable of independent and critical thinking, prepared to realize their full potential and play a leadership role in society.

While the Department encourages all academic research that advances the knowledge in the disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research, it considers contributions to the applications of these disciplines to be its primary mission. We encourage our faculty to expand and apply their knowledge through independent research and through collaboration with, and professional service to, researchers in other disciplines in the College of Business Administration and the University. The Department also values contributions of a theoretical nature in the disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research because a strong background in and understanding of the theoretical foundations of these disciplines are essential to be effective in their applications.

The Department desires to be a valuable resource to the College of Business Administration and the University through professional service to researchers in other disciplines who use Statistics and Operations Research as tools in their research. We treat outreach activity as professionally valuable and will reward this activity as it contributes to teaching, research, and/or service.