Session Details

Census and ACS in the Classroom A “Hands-on” Workshop for College Professors
(Event: PAA 2019 Annual Meeting)

Apr 10, 2019 1:30pm - Apr 10, 2019 5:00pm
Session Type: Workshop


The American Community Survey (ACs) and US Census are the most widely used data sets by American demographers. These data sets provide a wealth of research opportunities for all scholars from novices to experts, making it an excellent resource for teaching undergraduates both in substantive and methods courses. This workshop will focus on how faculty and future faculty can integrate analyses of US Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data in relevant, user-friendly ways in their courses.

The workshop has three main objectives. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will:

(1) be able to demonstrate how existing courses can incorporate ACS/Census data analysis;

(2) be able to identify best practices for incorporating these data into substantive courses; and

(3) know of ACS/Census data resources appropriate for intro-level courses through methods/stats-level courses.


William H. Frey, Population Studies Center and SSDAN
John P. DeWitt, SSDAN
Mark Mather, Population Reference Bureau
Andrew Beveridge, Queens College and the Graduate Center CUNY