Business Analytics/Statistics Education Interest Group, BASE


Revised December 2017




The Business Analytics/Statistics Education (BASE) Interest Group, formerly The Statistics in Business Schools Interest Group (SIBSIG), is an outgrowth of the organization “Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business (MSMESB),” which was started in June 1986 at the University of Chicago, chaired by George Easton, Harry Roberts and George Tiao and whose name changed in 2015 to Data, Analytics & Statistics Instruction (DASI). The mission of BASE reflects the original mission statement of DASI.  The reason for establishing BASE is to make these activities more visible and accessible to members of the American Statistical Association.



The name of this organization is the Business Analytics/Statistics Education interest group (hereafter called BASE) of the American Statistical Association (hereafter called the Association).


  1. Mission

The mission of the group is to improve the teaching and practice of statistics in business schools and in the business community.  We aim to encourage interaction between business faculty and others involved in teaching statistics to business students, as well as interaction with professionals from industry and government, with publishers, and with software producers. The major means of fulfilling this mission are through conferences, mini-conferences and sessions at professional meetings (referred to hereafter as “activities”). Such professional meetings will include, but are not limited to, the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM).


  1. Membership and Participation

Membership is open to any member of the American Statistical Association who is interested in statistical activity within business schools. Other interested persons may be affiliated with the interest group upon application to the Membership Secretary. There are no dues.


III. Meetings

The annual business meeting of BASE shall be held in connection with the annual Joint Statistical Meetings and shall be announced in advance, preferably in the printed program for that meeting. Between annual business meetings the Chair and other members of the Executive Committee shall manage the business of the Interest Group. Business may also be conducted with BASE members by mail.


  1. Officers

The officers of the interest group are: Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair, Membership Secretary and Communications Secretary.  The officers form the Executive Committee of the interest group.


The Chair-Elect, Membership Secretary and Communications Secretary are elected at the annual meeting at the JSM. The person chosen as Chair-Elect automatically becomes Chair the following year and Past Chair the year after that. The Membership Secretary and the Communications Secretary will serve two-year terms. The Communications Secretary will be elected in odd-numbered years and the Membership Secretary will be elected in even-numbered years. The terms of all officers begin at the start of the calendar year following their election. All elections will be by majority vote of those participating.


In addition to the elected officers, the following may be appointed by the Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee:

  1. A Program Chair for each upcoming activity, preferably no later than twelve months before the activity takes place.
  2. Web editor


Should any officer resign the remaining officers will select a replacement to serve until the next election.



  1. Officers’ Responsibilities
  • The Chair presides at the annual business meeting of the interest group and also leads conference calls of the Executive Committee. The Chair also takes the lead in long-term planning and other activities that further the group’s mission. The Chair will arrange for one or more officers to attend the Council of Sections meetings at JSM.
  • The Chair-Elect fulfills the responsibilities of the Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence, and participates in long-term planning and other activities that further the group’s mission.
  • The Past Chair provides continuity in the current year from the work of the previous two years, and participates in long-term planning and other activities. The Past Chair is also responsible for conducting the election of officers.
  • The Membership Secretary maintains the membership database, including names of members and contact information. In addition, the Membership Secretary will take the lead in the development of outreach strategy.
  • The Communications Secretary keeps minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee and the annual business meeting at JSM.
  • Program chairs will take the lead in organizing sessions and roundtables at the JSM and other activities, as appropriate
  • The Web Editor is responsible for the maintenance and updating of the web site.


  1. Procedure for Amendment

Any amendments to this Charter will be processed by the standard procedures of the Council of Sections of the Association.


VII. Renewal

In accordance with the policies of the Association, BASE must be rechartered by the Council of Sections every three years. It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to initiate the renewal process and to collect the necessary number of signatures from the Association’s membership.


Appendix – Start-Up

For the first year in which this revised charter operates, start-up arrangements will proceed as follows. It will be necessary at the first election to elect a “Past Chair” and a “Chair” in addition to the officers indicated above as being elected by the membership. Hence, this first “Past Chair” will have a one-year term, and the first “Chair” will serve as Chair for one year followed by one year as Past Chair. In addition, the Communications Secretary and Membership Secretary will be elected at this time, and the Program Chair(s) (for JSM 2015) and the Web Editor may be appointed.