Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Some States Are NOT for Lovers

So there's this study out that ranks the states in terms of attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance. Virginia is for Lovers? Not so much.

Here are the Top Ten in terms of attachment anxiety. The list for avoidance is similar, but not a perfect match. Virginia, FYI, is in the middle of the pack.

  1. North Dakota (surprising given it's so cold)
  2. West Virginia (unsurprising)
  3. New York (insert NYC joke here)
  4. Kentucky (meth?)
  5. Kansas (what's wrong with Kansas? Now we know)
  6. Connecticut (I got nothing)
  7. Missouri (see Kentucky above)
  8. Ohio (I blame THE Ohio State University)
  9. Texas (of course)
  10. Rhode Island (I doubt its existence)
Who is the most cuddly, or the least anxious?
  1. Mississippi (you're kidding, right?)
  2. Alaska (colder than even North Dakota)
  3. Vermont (ditto)
  4. Utah (Mormons cuddle?)
  5. Wisconsin (after all that beer)
  6. Louisiana (my wife is Cajun. No comment)
  7. Minnesota (nothing else to do)
  8. Arizona (old folks cuddling?)
  9. Oregon (I got nothing)
  10. North Carolina (but in separate bathrooms)
If you look at the actual study you'll see the numbers and rankings. There's a decent correlation between the two scores (r = .58), and North Dakota leads on both.

Georgia, by the way, ranks 25th in attachment anxiety and 16th in attachment avoidance. For what that's worth.




Cheating

Image result for cheatYou know, all those online knowledge tests. Do you ever cheat? Of course you do.

It only matters, truly, when we're analyzing the data for some more serious purpose. This study looks at ways to reduce such cheating on line political knowledge tests and finds that telling people to not search for answers online can help.  Apparently, telling them how important it is to have honest data can make a difference.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

UGA Milestone of Sorts

We spend a lot of time talking about UGA's lack of African-American students compared to the state population, but I just noticed that in Fall 2016 the school reached a different milestone of sorts, this involving Asian students. For the first time, the percentage of Asian students at UGA topped 10 percent (actually, 10.1 percent if you want to be persnickety).

This number represents undergrads, grads, and professional students. In other words, everyone who is a student and indirectly pays my salary. There were 3,706 total Asian students in Fall 2016, up from last fall's 9.8 percent and, if we reach back into the dark ages, higher than the 3.7 percent seen in Fall 1998 (as far back as my data go). I could graph it out over time, but you get the idea, that it's inched up steadily. Factoid: You have to dig back to Fall 2008 before, in a fall semester, you find a higher percentage of black students than Asian students. by Fall 2009 Asians had passed blacks on campus.

What's this all mean? That I need another hobby than staring at numbers in a desperate search for story ideas. But it also reflects what we're seeing at other major universities, though of course here it's nothing like what's seen at West Coast schools.

Factoid II: Asians made up 2.1 percent in Georgia, based on 2000 Census numbers and in 2010 were only 3.2 percent, so the numbers at UGA far outstrip the general population.

Factoid III: In Fall 1998, 63.4 percent of UGA students were listed as white. Back in Fall 1998, it was a lilly-white 83.9 percent.

There's also interesting stuff if you dig into the "not reported" race numbers, or the multiple race numbers. In Fall 2016, 2.4 percent listed two or more races. That was 1 percent in 1998. Also, 4.6 percent did not report a race 2016, up from 3.7 percent back in 1998.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's 2017

It's 2017 and it just occurred to me I forgot to write my annual Year in Review of the blog, the usual compilation of stuff nobody really cares about -- how many posts, how many pageviews, how many people insulted, etc. Sadly, it's not easy to do any more, not with the stats made available via Blogger. I can't just separate out the year easily.

The top post, in terms of pageviews, is this one from Sept. 20 on data about various colleges and it is the 10th overall in the history of the blog, which goes back to the dark days of the early 2000s. However, December 2016 was the single best month in terms of pageviews. As is typical, Google and Twitter dominate in terms of referrers to the blog.

So not much of a review. I could do all time, but let's face it ... who cares?


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Oconee River Greenway Authority

I'm messing around the Georgia open government site and decided to click on the section that includes state entities that failed to turn in the paperwork.  Here's the fiscal 2015 entry below. Just one group.


The greenway authority I don't know anything about, other than what I can skim from its website. It's also listed as not having fulfilled its paperwork obligations on fiscal 2014 and 2013. Tsk tsk tsk.

Friday, December 16, 2016

UGA Salaries

The 2016 UGA salary data is available, so let's do our annual peek at all the folks who make far more a year than I do.

For a first blush, let's look at the top salaries. They are:
  1. Jere Morehead (president) $818,775.11
  2. William McGarity (athletic director) $575,000.04
  3. Pamela Whitten (provost) $406,980.00
  4. Henry Schaefer (department head) 598,334.70
  5. Benjamin Ayers (dean) $385,350.00
  6. Tracy Rocker (coach) 385,000.00
  7. Jason Colquitt (professor) $371,207.70
  8. Kelly Kerner (vice president) $349,650.00
  9. Jeffry Netter (department head) $347,370.50
  10. James Sherrer (coach) $331,249.96
OK, look hard at that list and wonder, where's Kirby Smart, the head foohbah coach? He's way down the list with a measly $227.536.21 annual salary. Huh? Because most of his salary comes not through state dollars than athletic department funds, so that's the only part listed in official Georgia data. He makes in the millions.

Doing averages for titles like assistant professor is possible, but problematic. If you're curious, the average salary for an assistant professor is $87,980.55. Keep in mind that sometimes people leave, or start halfway through the fiscal year, and the numbers can be a bit weird. There are several assistant professors listed below $10,000. The average for associate professors is $100,736.04. For full professors (that's me), it's $127,069.64. To be clear, I don't make the average (insert bitterness here).

Bitterness II

I'm a full professor. There are many assistant professors who make far more than me (one listed at $275.726.80 ... and, sigh, yes, most of these are at the biz school). In fact, I count 19 assistant professors who make in excess of $200K. WTF.

Travel

The salary data includes travel monies. Lots of these come from grants or are part of the job, so don't freak out. That said, here are the Top Five travelers, at least in terms of money listed.
  1. Scott Jackson (professor) $53,149.72
  2. William Eiland (department head) $50,464.39
  3. Biao He (professor) $45,093.95
  4. Robert Kakaire (research professional) $41,253.40
  5. M.H. Lee (professor) $38.083.70
I could go on and on, but why bother. There is a pretty good correlation between salary and travel (r = .52, for you statistical nerds out there). In total, $18,430,000.18 was spent on travel. That's $18.4 million. That's a lot of Delta skymiles.





Friday, December 9, 2016

UGA & AAU

By AAU, I don't mean sports, I mean the Association of American Universities, the 62 (so far) top research universities in North America. UGA would love to be invited. That sticky stuff? That's UGA administrative drool -- at the notion of being asked to sit at the big kids university table.

So far, it ain't happened.

I've written about this before, most recently here in which I looked at world university research rankings to show UGA is better than at least a few of the members, measured by these rankings. For example, in those data, UGA is 204th worldwide, far better than AAU member University of Oregon, which is 342nd.

The AAU tends to invite a school every five or 10 years, give or take. It last invited a school in 2012 (Boston University, the first private school invited since 1995). Before that, it was Georgia Tech, our friends just down the road. Of the last 10 schools invited, eight were public universities, I suppose because all the really good privates were already in.

You can see the full list here. It started back in 1900 with 12 schools, nine of them privates with the usual suspects (Harvard, et al.). By 1922 they'd invited 10 more. In total, 36 schools are public, 26 private.

There are specific criteria to be invited, plus it requires a vote of the members. As Emory and Georgia Tech are already sitting at the table, it's hard to say if UGA would or would not get their votes. Looking at the years schools joined, it's really hard to see a trend. Counting backwards, here are the gaps between new members: 2, 9, 5, 1, 6, 4, 3, 8, 5. So there's that big 9-year gap, but also a 1-year gap. This excludes the 2012 entry of Boston University, so before that first "2" you could add a 4 or 5, depending on when you count 2016 or 2017.

My prediction? UGA may get an invite in the next five years, but I would not be surprised if it never comes about. In the SEC, Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt are members. Some of those have the advantages of med schools, engineering schools, or both -- key to producing the kinds of grant money so respected by the AAU. Georgia certainly ranks with those SEC brethren, and indeed that pretty much exhausts the list of quality academic SEC schools, but I just can't tell if AAU is ready to commit to the G.