Admission Trends: First-Time, First Year Students

Raja Tayeh
Director of Institutional Research
Doane College
The graph shows an admission trend: number of students admitted, number of students enrolled (cohort), and yield rate for six years. The graph can be created in Excel. Highlight data and insert cluster histogram then highlight the proportion variable column and change the column into line graph. Right click to label the yield rate.  Change the color to match the college colors. This illustration is accessible in the college fact book. 
The purpose of a Visual Display is to seek understanding that will support this quantitative data, while puncturing the illusions of those whose efforts had other objectives. Simply, it substitutes statistical tables. It shows three variables in one graph, which is easily read, that can be used by many professionals in the IR to present their statistical data for different audiences.



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