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  • Re: Warning for Students of Color/Women/Queers/Low-Income Students Interested In Colby

    sweetthang13542's link does show a 15 point difference between the 4-year graduation rates of back and white students as of 2013. That's fairly substantial. The difference drops quite a bit in the 5-year and 6 year graduation rates, narrowing to less than a 1% difference in the 6-year rate. It's not clear from the data if this is because black students were taking longer to graduate or because graduation rates for black students in more recent incoming classes plummeted. (The 6-year rate uses the class that entered in 2003-7, the 4-year rate uses 2005-9.)]

    The number of black students rose pretty steadily between the incoming classes of 2003 and 2008 (49-50-56-74) according to the factbook but the school lists only 49 black students in their 2015-16 CDS. I don't know if this has to do with differences in reporting or a true drop in the numbers of black/AA students. Colby's 2015-16 incoming class had only 12 black students according to the CDS.

    Looking at the data and factoring in your note of 12 black students in 2015, a 15% difference in four year graduation rates is meaningless from a policy perspective as it's probably one or two students. If one person departed for elsewhere and another took an extra year (the 5/6 year rates indicate this), you've accounted for the difference. If I was an administrator, I'd be foolish to make steering/policy decisions based on one or two people. Likewise, as you noticed, the rates essentially converge for years 5 and 6 so I'd argue that this data doesn't illustrate a problem (possible exception: Latinos).

    Put another way, percentages are much significantly more sensitive to a denominator of 12 than they are one of 280.
  • Re: MIT for humanities?

    From NCES navigator, MIT awarded the following number of bachelor's degrees:

    2 Visual and Performing Arts
    14 Social Sciences (12 Econ)
    0 Philosophy
    6 Liberal Arts and Sciences
    0 History
    2 Foreign Languages and Linguistics
    2 English

    This is out of ~1100 graduates. Put another way, ~2.5% of students major in humanities and social sciences with almost 50% of those in economics. I agree with a previous poster--if you want history as your primary major, go somewhere else as you wouldn't even have a small cohort of like-minded individuals.

  • Re: Humanities at CWRU?

    You don't really need to guess at questions like this as NCES Navigator is definitive (excluding double majors) https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=Case+Western&s=all&id=201645

    Since links don't always come through...in the referenced year, CWRU:

    * awarded 1137 Bachelor's degrees.
    * 0 degrees in the Area...Group Studies fields
    * 14 degrees in English
    * 10 in foreign languages, literature and linguistics
    * 11 in history
    * 4 in philosophy
    * 31 in the visual and performing arts

    It's a small cohort.
  • Re: Is English worth majoring in?

    I've attached a link to an interesting opinion from an emeritus professor at Stanford. It's a bit long and doesn't completely address your post but I'd still suggest reading it: https://theamericanscholar.org/the-decline-of-the-english-department.

    My relevant takeaway: choose your English department wisely or be judicious in your course selection and you'll be fine.
  • Re: Amazon goes B&M

    Be interesting to see what this does to Kroger et al, WFM was already anti-union and Amazon will be even more staunchly so. Amazon's investments in automation might completely change the economics of grocery stores.