This course provides the foundation of statistical analysis, focusing solely on descriptive statistics and the use of statistics in institutional research.
- Characteristics of Variables
- Summaries of Data I
- Summaries of Data II
Task Modules and Exercises
Describe the Respondents: Uses descriptive statistics to examine survey data to determine the demographics of survey respondents.
Summarize an Issue with Missing Data: Demonstrates techniques and strategies for dealing with missing data.
Summarizing Categorical Data: Uses categorical data to examine student learning profiles (number of students per major, identifying the most popular major, and the demographics of students within that major).
Working with Survey Data – Student Retention: Demonstrates how to use survey data to look at student retention patterns.
Interpreting Data Appropriately: Demonstrates how to run basic descriptive statistics in Excel; using mean, median and mode to examine and explain a particular variable.
Benchmarking: Demonstrates how to use descriptive statistics to analyze benchmark data and arrive at conclusions.