The AIR Professional File
Spring 2015, Article 136

Applications of Social Network Analysis in Institutional Research

Ning Wang


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Social network analysis (SNA), with its distinct perspective on studying relations and its exceptional capability to visualize data, should be embraced by institutional researchers as a promising new research methodology complementary to inferential and exploratory statistics. This article introduces SNA through discussion of three analytical studies on topics highly relevant to institutional research (IR): (1) double-majors, (2) gatekeeping courses, and (3) STEM pipeline leaking. The unique approach of SNA in exploring, analyzing, and presenting data has great potential for advancing IR’s analytical capacity.


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Ning Wang, University of California, San Francisco


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