Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Course Enrollment Dashboard

Bucknell is unique compared to most liberal arts institutions because we have three colleges/schools: Arts and Sciences (A&S), Management and Engineering. We can use data visualization techniques, such as the dashboards below, to determine how much cross-pollination there is between the three colleges, based on the course enrollment flow. For example, the tool we created allows us to determine A&S student enrollment in courses taught by Engineering faculty or engineering students taking Management courses, etc. In addition, the dashboard provides three different options for viewing the data (the tabs on the top of the dashboard) – flow graph, word cloud […]

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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

The Value of Liberal Arts Education: Career Paths Dashboard

In the past couple of years, our team has been exploring approaches to display flows from one group to another. We researched many options, but decided that Sankey diagrams may be the best approach for what our goals were. They were visually appealing, easy to use and provided concise information using complex data. Below we demonstrate how we used Sankey diagrams to display flows. For an interactive version of the Career Paths dashboard, please click here. The first example traces the relationship between academic areas in Arts & Sciences and careers for graduated alumni.  The width of the lines shows proportionally to […]

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Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Who Participated in Residential Colleges?

The Residential Colleges (RC) are tied to a first-semester class, so freshmen get to live and learn with students who share their interests. The RC participation rate of freshmen hovered from 38% to 36% from 2013 to 2015. Residential college participants are more likely to be members of underrepresented groups, such as international students, students of color, and first-generation students. Compared to non-participants, residential college 2015 participants scored higher averages on ACT, SAT total, SAT verbal, and SAT math. DataBytes is presented by the Office of Institutional Research & Planning

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Faculty and Staff

Bucknell University recruits talented faculty and staff who help the institution to achieve its mission of being a “unique national university where liberal arts and professional programs complement each other…”     DataBytes is presented by the Office of Institutional Research & Planning

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

College Rankings

U.S. News & World Report and other guides provide different types of numerical rankings or data to help students narrow their college searches. Retention, graduation, default, and acceptance rates are all strong indicators of the quality of an academic institution. According to the latest data available, Bucknell is ranked 32nd in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category and excels in all parameters mentioned above.    DataBytes is presented by the Office of Institutional Research & Planning

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Monday, August 31st, 2015

Graduation & Retention Rates

Retention rate is the percentage of a school’s first-time, first-year undergraduate students who continue at that school the next year. For example, a student who studies full-time in the fall semester and keeps on studying in the program in the next fall semester is counted in this rate. Graduation rate is the percentage of a school’s first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 6 years. Bucknell is among the schools that retain and graduate the highest proportion of students. DataBytes is presented by the Office of Institutional Research & Planning

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Bucknell Alumni Doctorate Recipients

Bucknell ranks 15th among baccalaureate colleges for the number of alumni who received doctorate degrees. The Survey of Earned Doctorates includes only recipients of research doctorates. Recipients of professional degrees such as M.D., D.D.S., O.D., J.D., D.Min., D.V.M., and Psy.D. are not included. DataBytes is presented by the Office of Institutional Research & Planning

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

NSSE 2014 Survey Finding 2 – Student Time Usage

The 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asked that how many hours first-year (N=458)  and senior students (N=469) spend in a typical 7-day week doing different activities. An image above (move your mouse over the image and click to enlarge it) shows that both of them spend their most time in preparing for class, including studying, reading, writing, doing homework or lab work, analyzing data, rehearsing and other academic activities. First-year students and senior students spend similar time in preparing for class, relaxing, and socializing. Senior students spend more time than first-year students in working on campus for pay,  […]

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Liberal Education Develops Skills Employers Want

Consistent with findings from 5 earlier surveys commissioned by AAC&U, the latest Hart Research shows that employers overwhelmingly endorse broad learning and cross-cutting skills as the best preparation for long-term career success. Individual faculty members certainly play key roles in providing or facilitating student learning. Note: The employer data are taken from Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success, a 2015 report on findings from a survey of employers and a survey of college students conducted for AAC&U by Hart Research Associates. One of the goals of the survey is to understand which learning outcomes employers believe are most important […]

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

NSSE 2014 Survey Finding 1 – High Impact Practices

High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) are positively associated with student deep learning, self-reported gains, level of academic challenge, collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and supportive campus environment*.  They have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds.   The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) was completed by 458 first-year and 469 senior students in 2014 at Bucknell. Around 59% of the first-year and 99% of the senior respondents reported that they participated at least one HIP at the time when they finished the survey. * Source: High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who […]

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