- This describes the gender and ethic demographic information of students at the University of Missouri in the 2014 fall semester. I chose it because I think there is an extreme difference in percentages in the different types of ethnicities.
- The data is from the University of Missouri. The data is collected from enrollment data the University receives when students enroll. These students include all enrolled students for the 2014 Fall Semester as well as non-traditional students in the Extension/Continuing Education Off-Campus and Center for Distance and Independent Study.
- I’d like to see more done with this data. I know that it is not a tweet but I feel like the large gap in the amount of non white students compared to white students is extreme. Non white and white students should all be encouraged to apply to the University and have scholarships and aid available for them. I feel like this says a lot about out school systems in Missouri and other states.
The beginning of this “journey” was daunting to say the least. We, as the Commies, felt overwhelmed. As we got to know each other and felt comfortable, it changed for the better. I absolutely loved my group and the dynamic we had. We were all dedicated to our project and it made working on it enjoyable. Never did I dread going to a meeting. It reinforced the fact that working in groups does not always have to carry a bad connotation. It was difficult to communicate, especially when everyone had conflicting schedules mixed in with Thanksgiving break. We had to rely on technology even more. We did make the best out of the situation and were able to have most of our project finished by the time we came back from break. I don’t think I would necessarily do anything differently next time. I would have a better attitude about group working going into another project. I will miss our capstone class and group. It was a semester that taught me a lot and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to work with great people.
Let’s face it, most students don’t look forward to doing group projects.. Let alone a semester long group project. Setting times to meet and working with new people can be challenging and frustrating at times. Throughout the entire project I was always very pleased to be part of The Trinity Trackers. My group members were all very organized, friendly, creative, determined and UNDERSTANDING.
One of my favorite aspects about my group was the time we scheduled to meet. Luckily none of us had class right before our capstone at 2pm so we took advantage of that and used about an hour or so before each class to work on our project. I typically dread going to meet with groups during the evenings so this made the whole process much more enjoyable!
Sometimes I wasn’t clear on what we were supposed to do or what our next step was so that was probably the most difficult for me. Thankfully, my group kept me up to speed and helped explain things better to me so that I could understand them.
One thing I would do differently is get everyones phone numbers from the start. For a while we were only communicating through email and that got annoying real quick. Once we exchanged phone numbers communicating was a lot easier.
Public media is indeed necessary for a community to be properly informed. Although there are some public media outlets that are deemed “unreliable” there are also a lot of reliable sources as well. Without these reliable sources how would people get the information about the communities that they live in? There are different types of public media available to suit anyone preferences, these include TV, radio, newspaper & online websites. Over the past few years social media sites such as facebook and twitter have also become great places for people to get public information about their communities. These sites can sometimes have misleading or wrong information but they can also inform people about things that they wouldn’t get from the newspaper or TV news. I found an excerpt from the book Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age and I think that it shows how and why having an informed community is important. Without an informed community we would be lost and we need these public media sources to stay informed.
As many of my classmates would agree, the assignment to have 30 non undergraduate Columbia citizens complete a 66 question survey seemed challenging. Not because 30 is a large number or because the survey was difficult, but because people are, for lack of a better term, lazy. I thought to myself, ‘why would a stranger want to take 10 minutes out of their day to help me out when I am sure they are just as busy and crunched on time as I am?’ Although I had a few people turn me down, my attempts to complete the assignment were an overall success. Keep in mind, my main target audience were Mizzou faculty and staff so maybe they felt obligated to help out a student. But then I realized that over my college years, I have taken many capstone surveys, whether I knew the students or not. I think a lot of people would have said no to a survey if I wasn’t standing in front of them asking politely. But a little voice in our heads speaks up and spits out the ‘golden rule,’ treat others as you would like to be treated. With that in mind, I participated in at least two surveys/studies in the last month. If I expect others to complete my survey, I need to do my part and return the favor to someone else in the community. That being said, I think it was an overall good experience. Asking people to take a survey seems like a simple task but it does take time and patience. Yes, it was a hassle at the time (especially entering all 30 into SurveyMonkey) but it was also a learning experience. I found it quite interesting to witness who was and wasn’t willing to take the survey. It was also beneficial to physically hand them out and be present for any questions volunteers had. It gave me a better idea of what people think about Columbia as a community and their opinion of available information because they discussed the survey and its contents with me.
Collecting the surveys at my place of work proved to be very effective. I was able to collect information from all different age groups, anywhere from 20-something’s to people in their 70’s were willing to participate. I had a few people hesitate on filling out the survey because of the length but this usually wasn’t a problem. I also found that women seemed more willing to help out then men – they always seemed like they were in a big hurry.
For the first batch of surveys I had the person fill it out themselves. This quickly became unfavorable in my eyes because it seemed to take a while and I also had some difficulties reading the handwriting on some of the completed forms. I didn’t really know what to do with myself while they were filling it out. Staring at them would be inappropriate but staring at the wall seemed rude as well.
After we completed the first round of surveys, someone in class noted that they read the surveys to participants and that it took less time. For the next 15 surveys I chose to use that method. Not only was it easier for them to understand the questions but I could read my handwriting much easier than trying to decipher chicken scratch. Another reason I found this method favorable was because I could circle the answer on the survey itself and then right away enter it into survey monkey which saved me some time as well. I only thought to do that for the last couple of surveys but it still saved me some time.
I think the surveying aspect of this project would have been more pleasurable if we could have had participants fill it out online. Entering the results into survey monkey was very tedious.. but I suppose I am the only one to blame for my procrastination. If only I was smart enough to enter just one or two surveys everyday instead of waiting until the end, things would have been a lot easier!
Honestly speaking, I did not really enjoy collecting the surveys. People usually seemed busy and kind of annoyed that I was asking them to take time out of their day to complete the survey. Also, I am a pretty shy person and don’t really like going out of my comfort zone. So that added a little bit of difficulty to my task. However, I will say that I do see the benefit of going out into the community and actually talking to the residents that we are basing our project on. And usually, once I explained that I was a Mizzou student and that it was for my senior capstone class, they seemed more interested in taking it. It was also a really good opportunity to meet and talk to people I probably would have never taken a second glance at otherwise.
I was able to get a lot of my surveys done at the Arts and Sciences fair on campus. There were a lot of parents/professors/food workers there that had a lot of time on their hands and were available to take my survey. I found that it was (of course) very easy to get my 5 undergrad surveys done, and harder to get my last 10 done. But the fair definitely helped me a lot. I was also able to get a good number done while I just walked downtown for about an hour.
I think what made it more difficult was that the survey was pretty lengthy. Many people would agree to take it, flip through it to see how long it was, and then decline. Maybe it would have been better if we could have some way condensed the survey by a page or two. But I understand the predicament you were under in trying to make it as thorough a survey as possible.
Overall, collecting the surveys was a little difficult but I think it was necessary and ultimately helpful. I got to meet a couple of cool people, and even met a woman from my exact same neighborhood in Chicago. And hopefully, it will help the entire class know how to better address the information needs of Columbia’s residents.