Stories, not statistics.
Posts from Data Points
A new study looks more deeply into the data about foreign students to find out where they came from, what they studied, and whether they stayed.
At first glance, new Education Department numbers show that half of borrowers aren’t paying on time. But a closer look shows something more complicated.
The terms of the tentative agreement to settle a lawsuit over concussions are unlikely to break the association’s bank.
We often assume that data are inherently truthful, but a recent New York Times article on student debt shows how statistics can be open to different interpretations.
A few examples in the last week demonstrate the truth in a quote oft attributed to Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
In two years, the cost of books and other expenses dropped by about 4 percent at four-year colleges. Really?
Is rising student-loan debt an existential crisis in American higher education or the natural outcome of more Americans’ pursuing a college degree?
The proportion of bachelor’s-degree recipients in computer science in 2011-12 was lower than in 1985-86.
Four colleges that courted Marvin Clark spent an average of $310,000 on men’s basketball recruiting in 2012-13.