Using the Census and the American Community Survey in Undergraduate Courses – Virtual Workshop

March 17 and 24, 2022, 3 pm EST

Applications due February 21, 2022

As part of an NICHD funded project, the Social Science Data Analysis Network  at the University of Michigan will host a virtual workshop to assist college and university instructors in the development of class modules incorporating US Census and American Community Survey data. Instructors will develop modules for courses they will teach during following year. Formal virtual workshop sessions will be held on Thursdays: March 17 from 3-4 pm EDT and March 24 from 3-5 pm EDT. Informal follow-up sessions will also be offered to provide further assistance

Why American Community Survey Data? 
The Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey (ACS) provides national and localized social, economic, and demographic information. The ACS offers fresh statistics to support key concepts in such courses as Intro Sociology, Social Problems, Stratification, Race and Ethnic Inequality, Gerontology and Aging, Population-Focused Healthcare, and more. The ACS sample of 3 million households annually offers usable statistics that can be tailored to courses at all levels ranging from trend analyses to more analytic approaches, for specific population groups and geographic areas.

Program Details
Workshop participants should come prepared to develop one or more class modules to enrich a course they already teach. During the workshop, virtual participants will be introduced to the resources of SSDAN and work with SSDAN staff to develop easy-to-use classroom exercises specific to their own courses.

Workshop sessions will include seminar discussions, introduction to instructional videos, practice exploring the SSDAN materials, and working with staff to develop individual exercises. The faculty will include sociologist-demographer William Frey of University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center and Brookings Institution, Professor Jill Bouma of Berea College and Professor Esther Wilder of Lehman College

Instructors from all disciplines who teach undergraduate courses in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, or universities, both public and private, are encouraged to apply. Graduate student instructors are also welcome. Primary consideration will be given to applicants who are prepared to develop class exercises from the SSDAN materials and use them in their courses during the academic year subsequent to the workshop.

Application information
Through SSDAN, workshop attendees are expected to create and share a learning exercise module using ACS data and use it in an undergraduate course over the subsequent year. Those who fulfill these goals will receive an honorarium of $400 and a certificate of completion. To apply, submit the application  by February 21, 2022. The application takes approximately 30 minutes for most to complete. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by early March

Since 1994, SSDAN has undertaken a number of projects funded by FIPSE, NSF, NIH, and other sources to reduce the “quantitative reasoning gap.” SSDAN resources are designed to provide instructors with courseware, tools and online support that can introduce data analysis modules to early and middle level undergraduate courses. By collaborating with individuals SSDAN has demonstrated that classroom friendly course modules can infuse quantitative reasoning across the curriculum. It has popularized the use of US Census data for this purpose. Located within the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, SSDAN is known for its expertise in creating resources that simplify analyses of large collections of data from the decennial US Census and American Community Survey, providing descriptions of demographic groups and geographic areas that are relevant to a variety of courses and disciplines.


Mar 17 - 24 2022


3:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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