Week Ahead: 9

9 3/14  Dylan Matthews in Vox “These colleges are better than Harvard at making poor kids rich” and Gregor Aisch, Larry Buchanan, Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy in NYTSome Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours.
3/16  The Equality of Opportunity Project site, especially the mobility report cards project under the data tab. Introduction to Tableau with Katie Rawson from Emory library.

Almost forgot a week ahead post! We’ll spend some time today looking at the two articles framing the Equality of Opportunity Project and talk about the issues they raise.

On Thursday, Katie Rawson from the library will meet with us and help us frame our investigation of the data. She’ll also show us Tableau, a data visualization package. Spend some time before class on Thursday exploring the Equality of Opportunity site and looking at the sort of data and analysis that they present on their page.

Edited to add

Please download and install Tableau for Students. You’ll have to provide some basic information and your official Emory email address before you can download it for free. If possible, install the software before class on Thursday (for the teacher version, I had to submit credentials that they will evaluate and they have told me 5-7 days before I get a response — I don’t know if it’s the same process for students). If you can’t get the full student version immediately, please install the trial version.

Check the backchannel for further information about activating the students teacher key for Tableau. If you haven’t already downloaded the software, you can get it here.

If you run into problems, let me know.

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