I am so very happy to share the news that today marks the beginning of a new era for Swarthmore’s Institutional Research Office! We are now fully staffed, in our new configuration. Pamela Borkowski-Valentin is our Data and Reporting Officer, and Jason Martin is our Institutional Research Associate. Continue reading A New Era
Sadly, Thursday’s “Headcount” blog of the Chronicle reports on another institution misrepresenting data that is used in the US News rankings. While there is plenty in the topic to be upset about, I found myself annoyed by this statement:
Nevertheless, replacing hard-and-fast numbers with mere estimates involves a conscious choice, and, it’s fair to assume, an intent to polish the truth.
Certainly there are situations when the intent is to “polish the truth,” and I have no idea whether this was the case at this institution, but I actually think it’s UNfair to assume the intent. Continue reading Data Disconnect