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College Pulse (2/4): Politics, Speakers

College Pulse produces a wealth of data, and pretty good data at that, given the large number of students who respond to CP’s easy-to-answer surveys. Once a student’s profile has been entered initially into Pulse’s database, the student need only answer specific questions in future surveys. Then the CP software can analyze the data along any number of lines. Here is CP’s survey of students’ political affiliation. I’ve reproduced the data about the College’s athletes:

Pulse Political Affiliation.jpg

Two and a half times as many varsity athletes lean right as non-athletes. I wonder why that is?

On CP’s display page, you can also click on such categories as Race, Class Year, Financial Aid, Gender, Greek Affiliation, Income, Region and Sexual Orientation to find out how various groups of Dartmouth students define themselves politically.

A few more tidbits of political information: Dartmouth men were three times as likely to vote for Trump (15%) as women (5%). And athletes were twice as likely to vote for Trump (12%) and three times as likely to support building a wall along the Mexico-US border (14%) as non-athletes (6% and 4% respectively).

CP can also ask qualitative and informational question. Here are the choices of a representative sample of Dartmouth students (mostly seniors) for this June’s Commencement speaker:

Graduation Speakers.jpg

I’m glad that a few people thought of Jake Tapper, this year’s speaker. Certainly CP is better at eliciting proposals than the College’s Council on Honorary Degrees. The D reports:

In total, the council typically receives between 100 and 150 nominations before the October deadline, of which it selects between four and six honorees in addition to the speaker.

In addition to simple suggestions, CP let’s you slice and dice the data to see the speaker preferences of different cohorts of students by race, gender, sex, major, affiliation etc. Not bad.

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