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ALIGNED Toolkit - Credits

The ALIGNED Toolkit incorporates data and information from the following sources:

Designed by the AAG ALIGNED Project PIs and Team

Programming in collaboration with Tierra Plan, LLC

Testing in collaboration with the following Pilot Departments of Geography and/or Geosciences:

California State University Long Beach, Hunter College City University of New York, Illinois State University, Oregon State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Temple University, Texas A&M University Geosciences, Texas A&M University Environmental Programs, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington Seattle, University of Wisconsin Colleges


 

Data Disclaimer, Notes, and Caveats

Decisions about choice of data, scales, parameters, algorithms, and display and visualization modes used in the toolkit beta are currently undergoing user testing. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide user friendly, semi-automated access to insights about demographic data that may spur thinking about how departments engage with diversity in their local, state, and national contexts. This geographic approach draws from spatial data and upon a perspective that takes differences among various places into account. However, the toolkit does not portend to present a comprehensive or prescriptive pathway to enhancing diversity or broadening participation. It simply aims to support the processes of defining, planning, or assessing decisions and/or progress towards goals that departments themselves undertaken within their own broader efforts.

At times, the requirements of presenting integrated data in a useable way implies the need to extract and compare different sources that are collected by different institutions using different methodologies in different years. This presents a framework that must be taken into account for understanding the comparisons. However, the implications of the complications that arise making such comparisons are obvious to the research team, particularly for comparing data from different years. Some of these known issues are disclosed here and their implications are set aside for the time being in the interest of testing functionality and utility of the toolkit design. Future versions will incorporate 2010 Census data (when released) to enable more appropriate temporal comparisons. Spatial units of the data are simply disclosed. Representation by percentages and percentage differences are used for all data in lieu of raw data because of the widely differing subpopulation sizes.

Below is a list of notes that clarify some of the more important aspects of necessary data handling.  

  1. For the purposes of the Beta, only data on undergraduate student populations are incorporated.
  2. The data displayed in the department undergraduate profile was collected directly by the AAG from departments from the 2010 Diversity in Geography Department Survey for reported majors and minors of the current academic year in the categories of male or female by White, Non-Hispanic; Black or African American, Non-Hispanic; Hispanic or Latino (of any race); Asian; American Indian or Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; Other or Multiple race; International, Non-US Citizens. Cases where noted that 2010 data was not available came from the same baseline survey conducted in 2004-2005.
  3. County Population 15-29  is displayed for the US county in which the university is located, from estimates derived from the US Census 2000 and American Community Survey data by male and female for population in the ages of 15 to 29 by categories: White, Non-Hispanic or Latino; Black or African American, Non-Hispanic or Latino; Hispanic or Latino of any race; Asian; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; and Some other race.
  4. State Population 15-29 is displayed for the US state in which the university is located,  from estimates derived from the US Census 2000 and American Community Survey data by male and female for population in the age category between 15-29 by racial/ethnic categories: White, Non-Hispanic or Latino; Black or African American, Non-Hispanic or Latino; Hispanic or Latino of any race; Asian; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; and Some other race.
  5. State UG Enrollment reports the total state enrollment for the state where the university is located of undergraduate students in all institutions of higher education as provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics  Digest of Education Statistics, 2008 for all ages, male and female, by White, Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander (presented in the toolkit Asian column); American Indian/Alaska Native (presented in the toolkit Native American column); Two or more races (presented in the toolkit Other/Multiple Races column).
  6. State HS Enrollment reports the total state enrollment for the state where the university is located of secondary school students in all institutions of secondary education as provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics  Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment and Staff From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2008-09 for all corresponding ages, male and female, by White, Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander (presented in the toolkit Asian column); American Indian/Alaska Native (presented in the toolkit Native American column); Two or more races (presented in the toolkit Other/Multiple Races column).
  7. US Population 15-29 is displayed for the nation as a whole from estimates derived from the US Census 2000 and American Community Survey data by male and female for population in the age category between 15-29 by racial/ethnic categories: White, Non-Hispanic or Latino; Black or African American, Non-Hispanic or Latino; Hispanic or Latino of any race; Asian; American Indian and Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander; and Some other race.
  8. US UG Enrollment reports the total national enrollment of undergraduate college and university students in all institutions of higher education as provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2008-09 for all corresponding ages, male and female, by White, Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander (presented in the toolkit Asian column); American Indian/Alaska Native (presented in the toolkit Native American column); Two or more races (presented in the toolkit Other/Multiple Races column).
  9. For US Census 2000 Data Demographic categories, see also the US Census 2000 Fact Sheet.
  10. For NCES Data explanation of demographic categories, see also the NCES Standards Sheet.