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1 IT’S NOT ABOUT PIE WHEN IT COMES TO THE FACTS… David Onder, Alison Joseph, John Bradsher SAIR 2011

2 9352 students Master’s Comprehensive Mountain location Residential and Distance

3 Eye on the pies Which is the largest in Year 1 - Green, Blue, or Purple? Which have increased from Year 1 to Year 2? NONE!

4 Purpose Conveying information to stakeholders –What is important? –What answers are sought? –What can we learn from this table or graph? –Is the information easy to decipher?

5 Inspiration Stephen Few Edward Tufte Juice Analytics Others

6 Guiding principles Consistency –color –text –layout Maximize Data-Ink ratio (Gestalt principles) Reduce Chartjunk –Chart type –Use of color All that glitters is NOT gold!

7 Quantitative perception Very PreciseNot Very Precise Length 2-D Position Width Size Intensity Blur

8 "most quantitative data analysis can be performed quite well... using only four types of objects" Points Lines Bars Boxes Few, 2004, p. 46

9 Freshman Applicants, Acceptances & Enrollees

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15 We actually didn’t do this, but we probably should have

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19 Here is the overall change …

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29 Viola!

30 Side by side

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32 Pie and Line charts comparing multiple criteria Neither is a good option Aside

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35 FALL 2009 LOAD AND CLASS NON- RESIDENT ALIEN AFRICAN- AMERICAN NATIVE AMERICAN ASIANHISPANICWHITE TWO OR MORE UNKNOWN TOTAL MaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemaleMaleFemale Full-Time New Freshmen Part-Time New Freshmen TOTALS GRAND TOTAL , ,555 R ACE, L OAD, A ND G ENDER First-time Freshmen = %

36 R ACE, L OAD, A ND G ENDER First-time Freshmen

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40 Without axis break Aside

41 As bar chart with axis break Aside

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43 J UNIOR S ENIOR E NROLLMENT I NCLUDING S ECOND M AJORS

44 Geographic Distribution First-time Freshmen Enrollment by County

45 HS GPA

46 Resources Edward Tufte (http://www.edwardtufte.com/)http://www.edwardtufte.com/ –The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2001 Stephen Few (http://www.perceptualedge.com/)http://www.perceptualedge.com/ –Show Me the Numbers, 2004 –Information Dashboard Design, 2006 –Now you see it, Purna Duggirala (http://chandoo.org/wp/ ) – Excel helphttp://chandoo.org/wp/ Jon Peltier (http://peltiertech.com) – Excel templateshttp://peltiertech.com

47 Contact Information David Onder, Assessment Coordinator Alison Joseph, Research Specialist John Bradsher, Senior Undergraduate Research Assistant Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness opie.wcu.edu, (828) Special thanks to Stephanie Virgo


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