Are you teaching with SAS in your social science courses?


I love the social sciences.  It could be because I majored in Psychology and fell in love with research.  I was one of those students who actually enjoyed the Research Methods and Statistics course series.  I remember like it was yesterday, analyzing the data for my dissertation. As soon as I ran my last participant, I ran to the lab to start doing the analyses. I had really enjoyed studying my topic and was passionate about the work I was doing.

Getting to finally see the outcome and results that I would be reporting on was a magical moment.  Well, it felt magical, but it was actually just statistics doing their job.  Still, there is something special about seeing the results of a study you design and pour a good part of your graduate life into conducting.  If you're like me, you really want to know the answers to the questions you've asked in your research, and having to wait to find the answers is like having to stare at a wrapped gift instead of getting to tear it open.

SAS booth at APS

Students visit the SAS booth

I just attended the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention and had the pleasure of talking with several professors and students who stopped by the SAS booth. Hearing about their research and courses is one of the best parts of being at these conferences. SAS is a particularly powerful tool for social scientists and educators because it allows them to easily perform statistical analysis and report on the results.  SAS is comprehensive enough to perform the most sophisticated analyses which is why so many researchers use SAS in their research projects.

One thing I find interesting, is when professors tell me how they are using SAS for research, but are not teaching with it.  I’ve heard this from students as well. How they didn’t learn SAS as an undergraduate, but once they started graduate school and joined a research lab, they had to learn how to use it.  Having a disconnect between the classroom and the lab isn’t necessary and these types of conversations are always engaging because it’s fun to show how easy it is to use SAS Enterprise Guide and let them explore the menus to see where the options they would use are located.  Many of the professors I talk with who teach these introductory level courses are unaware that SAS has a point and click interface.

If you are teaching in the social sciences and are looking for an easy to use point and click interface that will allow you to perform statistical analyses and report on the data, then you need to know about SAS Enterprise Guide.  This gives you the ability to point and click or to open the program editor and write code, so you get the best of both. It also gives you a single package that students can easily use in their coursework as well as in their research endeavors.

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Thank you to all the students and professors who stopped by the SAS booth.  It was great meeting you and learning about your programs.  If you were not at the APS conference and would like to learn more about what SAS offers to professors and students, visit the SAS Global Academic Program website or email your questions to


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Julie Petlick

SAS Student Programs Manager

Julie Petlick works in the SAS Education Division as part of the Global Academic Program team. Julie is responsible for the SAS Student Program and is dedicated to supporting teaching and learning.

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