Spreadsheet and Visualization Basics with Stanford Tuition

(rough notes)

What we aren’t comparing (because it’s hard)

When we look at tuition rates, what is it we hope to figure out? Besides whether we can afford college, we also want to know – for any kind of transaction – whether we’re getting our money’s worth

  • Schools in Stanford’s tier
  • Stanford vs. state schools
  • Stanford vs. not going to any school

Some examples:

20 years of tuition growth at national universities: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2017-09-20/see-20-years-of-tuition-growth-at-national-universities

Tuition and Fees, 1998 through 2016: http://www.chronicle.com/interactives/tuition-and-fees

Average Tuition as % of Median Earnings: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/03/08/the-biggest-problem-facing-higher-education-in-one-chart/

Economic diversity and student outcomes at Stanford: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/college-mobility/stanford-university