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Almost all cultures have a tradition of telling stories. I've long believed data can make stories richer and can provide more insight into the things we live out each day. And I think the stories I can tell that most need telling are about Higher Education in the United States.

In college, my favorite class was called "Belief and Unbelief in History." It was one of those classes that most students hate: No "right" answers, no being able to memorize the content for the exams. In fact, there was no syllabus: On the first day of class, Professor Richard Resch said, "This class is about the stories of the stories that people tell to explain their belief in the divine." There was a mid-term, but it didn't count. There was only one test, the final, and on it, one question, which he announced: Tell the story of the stories.

I've noticed for a while that there is a story of the stories that data reveals. And I hope you'll notice it too, but there is no right or wrong answer, and mercifully, no midterm. No final. You can Google me to contact me; as far as I know, I'm the only person in the world with this name, so it shouldn't be hard. I hope you'll let me know what you think, or offer suggestions for posts.

Stories are on the "Higher Ed Data Stories" link above.

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