Perhaps you come across this blog post as a student or a concerned parent, or you might be reading this as an interested citizen. In any case, when thinking about college during Covid-19, you have probably asked yourself: how does my college, my kids’ college, or my alma mater stack up to the rest of higher education, in terms of Covid planning? Making this tree chart, I sought to answer this question.
In this tree chart, I included the different modes of instruction—i.e., how to teachers teach. The prevalence of any teaching style is shown by the size of the box. The larger the box, the more schools fall into that category. For example, the box for “Primary in person…” takes up the most space of any of the boxes. Of any of the modes of instruction, the greatest proportion of schools chose to teach primarily in person. In sum, I believe the tree chart gives a nice special understanding of the modes of instruction. It shows the landscape of how schools have tackled covid and how many stuck to any given plan.
In terms of the data, everything was quite clear. There were no apparent flaws or gaps in the data. However, I must admit that some of the titles in the tree chart may be confusing. For the rest of this blog post, I will be defining the categories. Skip this at your pleasure…
Schools that use hybrid teaching offer classes both in person and remotely—you can learn in person or you can take classes from home. For simultaneous teaching, professors teach an in-person group and a remote group at the same time. Students who study remotely would call in via Zoom or some other app and listen to the class. For professor’s choice, professors can choose what mode of instruction they want for their class. For “closed,” it means that the college has shut down. For many colleges, 2020 and 2021 may mark their final year operating.
Data Analyst: Jordan Eisenman