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PHASE 1 students readiness for Flagler College
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PHASE ONE: Flagler College and Readiness for College

Introduction:
The purpose of this study is to see what kind of students are ready for Flagler college. In particular, this report will look into many of the aspects important to see the time the student puts into their academic career. This includes hours of sleep, study, testing, and experience in high school and the Flagler freshman dorms. This survey conveys their educational practices they have dealt with will prepare them for their Flagler College career.


Data Collection:
In this first phase of this project, descriptive statistical methods will be used to describe the sample of students surveyed.  The targeted population is all the students at Flagler College. One hundred fifty students were surveyed. Since only MAT 223 Statistics students were sampled, the sample may not be representative of the population of all Flagler College students, so sampling bias may exist.  Furthermore, since the data was self-reported, the sample results will more than likely produce measurement bias as well.
Survey Questions:
1.      What is your gender?
2.      How old are you?
3.      What your GPA level?
4.      How many hours do you spend on school work while in high school per week?
5.      How many hours per day do you sleep while in high school?
6.      What is your race?
7.      How many Honors, AP, IB, or AICE classes did you take in high school?
8.      How many colleges did you visit?
9.      Do you think you will graduate with the major you entered Flagler College with?
10.  Was your high school experience a good preparation for college thus far?
11.  In general do you think you were well prepared for college?
12.  Do you think living on campus as a freshman helps with adjusting to college?
Demographics:

In the sample of 150 Flagler students, 103 were female and 47 were male.  A bar graph displaying the students' ages is given below. This percent distribution of gender closely matches the percent distribution of the entire student body at Flagler College.  The majority of the students are females. Hence the mode response is females.

The age of the students surveyed is displayed in the histogram below.  This distribution is unimodal and right skewed with two potential outliers at the age of 28,29.  Since the distribution is right skewed, the best measure of center is the median of 18 years old and the best measure of spread is the IQR of 1 year.  Thus, the typical age of the students surveyed was 18 years old and most students were within 1 year of 18 years old.

Summary statistics:

Column

n

Mean

Variance

Std. dev.

Std. err.

Median

Range

Min

Max

Q1

Q3

age

150

18.913333

2.9655928

1.7220897

0.14060803

18

13

16

29

18

19


The GPA of the students were questioned. The GPA resulted in mostly A and B levels. This is not surprising because to get into Flagler college, you most likely will not see a GPA below a C level.

The students surveyed spent a considerable amount of time on studying weekly.  In fact, two students answered 15 hours which seems legitimate if two hours a day is spent.  The histogram below represents the hours of studying weekly. This distribution is unimodal..  The best measure of center is the median of 7 hours and the best measure of spread is the IQR of 5 hours.  Therefore, the typical number of hours is seven hours per week. The value of 15 hours was the mode. This was somewhat expected because of the outliers, we know effects the mode but not median.  


Summary statistics:

Column

n

Mean

Variance

Std. dev.

Std. err.

Median

Range

Min

Max

Q1

Q3

STUDY HOURS

150

7.8066667

20.344922

4.5105345

0.3682836

7

15

0

15

5

10

A recommended night of sleep in between 6-8 hours of sleep. From this information and the histogram representing the results, there are a couple outliers. Three students claimed less than two hours a sleep per night. The mean will be slightly affected from this information. The median however, is seven. The typical value would be seven hours of sleep per night. This graph is skewed right with the IQR being 2.


Summary statistics:

Column

n

Mean

Variance

Std. dev.

Std. err.

Median

Range

Min

Max

Q1

Q3

SLEEP HOURS

150

6.6166

2.5013

1.5815

0.12913

7

10

0

10

6

8


The students were questioned their race. The most highly populated race at Flagler would be white/caucasians. This represents the population of the school from the 121 students who claimed to be white. Fourteen reported to be latin American and eight black.


Students were asked how many Honors, AP, IB, or AICE classes did they take in school. This question is designed to see if students were skillfully prepared for college level. The histogram concludes, 47 students too 8,9 honors, AP, IB, or AICE classes that prepared them for college. On average the students median was 5 classes. The typical value however was 8,9 classes. Many students also took zero classes which does not seem surprising since some students have been in private or more advanced colleges. Public schools however, would allow for more growth in honors, AP, IB, or AICE classes.

Summary statistics:

Column

n

Mean

Variance

Std. dev.

Std. err.

Median

Range

Min

Max

Q1

Q3

honors class

150

4.6133

9.1246

3.0207

0.24663

5

8

0

8

2

8



The students were asked how many colleges did they visit before committing to Flagler College. This graph is skewed right. It is hard to determine any potential outliers. The median & mean range, typical value, and IQR all resulted in 3 college applications. Some students were very determined to attend flagler college. On the flip side some applied to over eight colleges, seeming more indecisive. Most students were more favorable of the college than the indecisive students.  

Summary statistics:

Column

n

Mean

Variance

Std. dev.

Std. err.

Median

Range

Min

Max

Q1

Q3

college visits

150

3.0666667

4.8948546

2.2124318

0.1806443

3

8

0

8

1

4


The students asked if they believe the intended major will be the one they graduate with. The majority, 113 said yes while 13 said no. More than half of the students are clear in believing they are graduating with the desired degree. This can give the college insight in helping students choose their right career path.


The students were asked in their high school experience allowed them to prepare for Flagler College. This could be both mentally and physically. The students answered by 55 saying No and 95 saying yes. Although many reported saying they are ready for college one-third were not ready. This can be beneficial for the college to know so their can be ways to improve college readiness.

The students were asked In general if they  think they were well prepared for college. The majority, 119 said they were prepared in general. 31 students claimed they were not prepared for college. Based on the questions asked before, this seems to be accurate.

The survey asked if  living on campus as a freshman helped adjusting to life at Flagler college. Nineteen said the dorms did not prepare them better for college while 131 said it better adjusted them to life at Flagler College.

 

 

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