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Bachelor's Degrees Awarded, 2019--2020

 Since not much interesting has happened in the last 18 months or so, I decided to take a look at bachelor's degrees awarded in the most recent IPEDS data release.

This has always been a popular dashboard with anyone who works with students, and I've had several requests to update it.  While I normally don't do requests, this seems to fill an important void in the college counseling world, so I made an exception.

There are three views here: The first (Find Colleges by Program) allows you to find which colleges award the most degrees in a specified area, defined either broadly, very broadly, or very narrowly.  It also allows you to only look at the colleges of interest, and even allows you to look at the ethnicity and/or gender of the degree recipients.

The big box of orange text explains how to interact; make sure you read it if you're not familiar with Tableau.  Filters with red text change the type of institutions that display; filters with blue text change the student types included; and filters in orange text limit the academic programs. On the bottom filter, depending on your browser, you may have to scroll to see all options.

Try this: If you want to find which private college in the Southeast awards the most bachelor's degrees in Biochemistry to Hispanic women, you can do that (it's Berry College, in Georgia, by the way, if you want to make sure you're working the controls right).

This can also help if you want to find that hard-to-find major, like Cyber/Electronics Operation and Warfare.  If your student doesn't want to go to the Naval Academy (the top institution), they might look at Maryville College in Missouri.

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There are two other views as well: Compare Two allows you to view two different institutions side by side to see what the popular degrees are at that institution, using the very broad categories.  Just use the dropdowns to change from the two shown.

And finally, US Bachelor's Overview is a summary of all the degrees awarded in the US in the most recent year, broken out in a variety of ways.  Hover for details, and click on any segment of the bars (for instance, women, in yellow at top left) to filter all the other views.  Click at the end of the bar in the white space to reset, or use the little control at the bottom right to do so.

As always, let me know what you see here that's interesting.  Thanks for reading!


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