There are two types of charts to assist in comparing your favorite institution by the demographics of its students.
Ethnicity Radar Chart
The US Department of Education uses nine ethnicities in tracking students–there is no doubt that there are plenty of problems with this simplistic categorization. For example, there is no category for people from the Middle East, or the Indian Sub-Continent. Or, for that matter, anyone whose identity corresponds to a religion, like ‘Jewish.’
Anyway, the chart compares the current institution in red to the national average for all colleges and universities in the database. In this case, you can see that Ferris has a slightly less diverse population than the national average, which reflects our location in rural Michigan.
Abbreviations in use
Because of the size of radar charts, we have abbreviated the IPEDs ethnicities in the chart itself.
|‘AI’||American Indian or Alaska Native|
|‘AA’||Black or African-American|
|‘PI’||Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander|
|‘M’||Two or more races|
The rest of the charts in this section are 2-value histograms: they show the distribution of gender, age and full-time / part-time students.
Let’s start with Gender. Here’s the demonstration chart for Ferris:
Each curve represents the number of schools with the corresponding % of students identifying as that gender. As you can see, the peak columns are, for women, at about 60%, and for men, 45%. This university, at 42% male and 58% female is pretty typical for colleges and universities in the country.
Once again, this is a histogram, with the number of institutions on the y axis, and the percentage of students on the x. The Blue line represents the percentage of undergraduates over 25, the red line under 25. The most common is about 70% under 25 with between 25-35% over 25. This university has 14% over 25 and 86% under, so a little younger, on average, then the average college or university.
Finally, full-time or part-time.
The curves for full time and part time are much smoother than previous. This institution, with only 10% part-time students, is very much a full-time school, which is consistent with it having more under-25 students than the average.