The Economics Department is pleased to announce that one of our professional track faculty, Dr. Hossein Abbasi, was just selected by the University’s Teaching & Learning Transformation Center to participate in the 2016 Elevate Fellows program. This program provides funding and expertise to support the re-design of an existing course and ultimately to improve learning outcomes for students who would otherwise be at risk. Dr. Abbasi will re-design ECON424, transforming it from “Computer Methods” to “Applied Econometrics”. The re-design will enable students in the department’s new Bachelor of Arts program to intelligently work with data, fully understand econometric evidence, and apply that evidence to various types of decision-making. The challenge to be overcome via the re-design is that many students in the new BA track will have had limited exposure to calculus and statistics in previous courses, but they still need to understand and evaluate econometric results. The newly-redesigned version of ECON424 will be offered for the first time in Fall 2016.