What might a twenty-year old conference tell us about the future of our profession?

George Cobb

The 1993 inaugural issue of the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE) published an article about a
small conference for Principal Investigators (PIs) and co-PIs of twelve projects in statistics
education funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This twenty-year retrospective (1)
offers some personal memories related to the founding of JSE, (2) offers some thoughts about the
legacies of the twelve funded projects, (3) sets out a sense of how the conference themes have
fared over the last twenty years, and (4) indicates what this might suggest about the future of our
profession. In conclusion, I argue (briefly) that at this moment in its history, statistics education
faces the biggest opportunity and challenge of its last 40 years.

The CAUSE Research Group is supported in part by a member initiative grant from the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics and Data Science Education