How to Read the Data

The data from gradSERU is presented in four different ways that allow you to make comparisons within colleges, between colleges, and between programs. Each chart type (see below) is organized into 13 topic areas with multiple sub-topics.

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Four Ways to Look at the Data

There are four different approaches to visualizing gradSERU results; each method contains the same data:

College Plots

  • "College Plots" show information at the college level

  • The plots show a series of gradSERU questions on the left

  • Each circle represents a different college and shows the percent of responding students from a college who responded favorably to that question

  • The solid vertical line indicates the average positive responses for the campus

  • The dashed vertical lines indicate +-1.5SD

  • Hovering over a circle will give you more details about the data point

  • Filter to view only professional or only graduate degrees

  • More information about College Plots

Program Plots

  • "Program Plots" show information at the program level; here each circle represents an individual graduate program

  • The data points are the percent of responding students from a graduate program who responded favorably to that question

  • The vertical spread of data points is not informative - it’s just spread out to allow us to see the points given that there are so many programs

  • All programs from a college are the same color

  • You can highlight all programs from a particular college

  • You can hover for more details, as in the “College Plots”

Breakdown Plots

  • "Breakdown Plots" allow the user to explore differences in subpopulations - for example, results by gender, ethnicity, citizenship status, etc.

  • This example shows the differential responses between Students of Color (shown in teal) and White students. For the first question about having friends in the program, that students of color were less positive than were their white counterparts

  • "Program Plots With Breakdowns" allow the user to create and download a printable report with results for an individual program or college.

  • Same idea as “Breakdown Plots,” but allows the user to create a report for a particular college or program that can be easily printed and shared - as PDF or PPT presentation

  • Filter for college, program or degree type

  • Can provide a quick overview of respondents

  • Can also breakdown results by subpopulations such as sex, ethnicity, first-generation status, etc.

  • Instructions are included in the workbook

Examples of Program Plots With Breakdowns: