Humboldt State: College Destination

Ward Headstrom, Data Scientist, Ronda Stemach, Data Administrator,
and Michael Le, Research Associate
Office of Institutional Effectiveness,
Humboldt State University

To better understand what happened to students who were admitted to Humboldt State, but did not attend, we matched data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Using Tableau, we mapped origin high school by the top 12 universities that “admitted non-attending students” attended. Using the maps and additional data tables we were able to examine several questions without surveying students. This project was loosely based on prior research (see CSU Cluster Analysis of Geocoded Data in Tableau).



Educating 474,600 students in 2016, the California State University (CSU) system is the nation’s largest four-year public university system with 23 campuses. Humboldt State University (HSU) is the Northern most campus and with a distance of 233 miles to the nearest sister campus, HSU is the most remote campus. Over 90% of new students in 2016 came from outside the local service area. HSU's 2016 incoming First-time Undergraduate and Transfer cohorts were recruited from over 2,000 schools, including 1,442 different California high schools and all 114 California community colleges..


Knowing where “admitted non-attending students” went instead of HSU was interesting, but we wondered if would could learn anything by mapping the students by their origin high school and destination college. An interactive Dashboard was built using Tableau. The visualization of the top 12 universities that “admitted non-attending students” attended was created to quickly see an overview of the interactive dashboard.


Learn More

View the PowerPoint presentation for Chaos to Order: Integrating Clearinghouse Data into a Data Warehouse, which was presented at the 42nd annual California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference in Concord, California.




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