I was watching the NFL season-opening game last night. I’m not actually a football fan, but when your husband writes a book connected to football, it’s one of the sacrifices you make. (I have also watched DOTA tournaments with my son, and thought it made about as much sense as professional football. What can I say, I love my guys.) I was struck by the between-play graphics of the players and their stats, and got to wondering (it wasn’t as if the game held my attention), what kinds of pictures and stats would be shown on a highlights reel of Institutional Researchers. (You don’t know, it could happen.) Continue reading The Sport of IR
There may be some situations where you would want to delete select records from an individual return file. For example, you may have a project where you are looking at student enrollment after graduation or transfer, and it is decided that your particular project will only include records for which a student was enrolled for more than 30 days in a fall/spring term or more than 10 days in a summer term. Or, you may have six years of records for a particular cohort, but you only want to examine records for four years. In both of these cases, you would want to delete the records that don’t fit your criteria before analyzing your data.