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Sinjini Mitra — California State University, Fullerton

"CengageNOW has helped my students in both online and face-to-face classes to master the difficult topics of Business Statistics and be better prepared for exams."

Sinjini is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences (ISDS) at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. A statistician by training, her teaching interests include Business Statistics, Business Analytics, and Data Mining. She has been teaching the core course on Business Statistics for the past 5 years, and has taught it in both traditional (face-to-face) and online formats. She is also the coordinator for this course, which enrolls more than 1200 students and is taught by 12-15 instructors every semester. She has also completed the nationally recognized "Quality Matters" (QM) training for developing quality online courses and is currently a certified QM reviewer for courses that are reviewed for certification. Moreover, her research interests lie in the application of statistical and analytical tools to study factors that affect student performance in traditionally difficult courses (often called "bottleneck") and to develop ways to improve student performance in such courses (such as "early detection and intervention" technique). She is the ISDS department faculty liaison for "Supplemental Instruction" (SI), a peer-led academic support program for students, and she is also involved in conducting research to assess, evaluate and improve this program to create a better experience for students. She developed and introduced "Online SI" for students in her online courses a year ago, which has yielded very satisfactory outcomes.

I integrated CengageNOW with my online courses for students to not only complete assignments but also to provide them with additional resources to help them master the topics and prepare for exams. After its success, it was incorporated into my traditional classes as well, and currently all instructors teaching the course on Business Statistics use CengageNOW.

I obtained by Masters degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India, and PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. My other research interests lie in statistical applications in the areas of security, healthcare, and information systems.

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