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1 Are Students More T-Shaped? Julia Duros Senior Project, 2013 Computer Science and Economics Advisors: Chris Fernandes, Tomas Dvorak

2 T vs. I-Shaped Individuals Depth Breadth

3 Question Have students taken a broader range of courses now than in the past?

4 Course Pages Course Schedules Page (public) Course Roster Page (private)

5 Steps to Gather Data Union College course roster data scraped Wrote Python script: 1. Saved all pages as HTML 2. Put each page’s data into CSV file Course roster  Program  Data file

6 Manipulating the Data Import to Stata Organize, manipulate, and analyze data

7 Description of Data For each student: Identifier Major Enrollment information  Department  Term and Year

8 Size of Data 28,194 course roster pages 4,113 students 168,370 course enrollments Courses Students in Class Years

9 Breadth Breadth of education is one dimension of interdisciplinarity Measured by number of unique departments represented on transcript

10 Results

11 Why the increase? Possible factors: Number of departments/programs Major requirements Total courses taken

12 Results

13 Results

14 Results

15 Results Academic YearBiologyComp. Sci.EnglishPoli. Sci. Average for all majors Number of Required Departments for Specified Major

16 Results Note: only using departments in existence

17 Conclusion Students have taken broader range of courses  more T-shaped ◦More departments to choose from ◦More courses in total

18 Future Work Why the increase in number of total courses? Courses taken for GenEd Grades

19 Questions?


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