Your work on the new student committee was a huge success! The director of new student recruitment has requested that you continue your work on the committee. Specifically, the director would like you to distribute a small survey to the students who attended the weekend event, gauging their level of interest in studying at UMGC. The director is interested in obtaining demographic information from the prospective students, the academic program into which they would enroll, and their overall level of interest in attending UMGC. The survey questions and results are below:

Your first task is to define the data resulting from each survey question as qualitative or quantitative.  If the variable is qualitative, indicate if it is nominal or ordinal.  If it is quantitative, indicate whether it is discrete or continuous and whether it is interval or ratio (see graphic below).

Next, create a table (a frequency distribution, stem and leaf plot, or a grouped frequency distribution) to organize the data from one of the variables.  Does including the relative frequency or cumulative frequency make the table more meaningful? Why do you feel this table best organizes the data?

Then, consider how you might visually display the results as a graph (bar graph, Pareto chart, dot plot, line graph, histogram, pie chart, or box plot). Why did you choose this graph? Explain why you believe this graph is the best choice to display the data.

Finally, find the mean, median and mode for one of the variables. Which of these measures of central tendency do you think is the best choice for “average” and why? Find the range and standard deviation (measures of dispersion) for the variable. What would a narrower or wider deviation signify in the context of this data?

Within your group thread, discuss the graphs/charts and measures of central tendency and dispersion that you would choose for each variable from the survey AND why you think your selection is appropriate. Make at least one substantive peer reply post in your group thread.

For the final collaborative group post, the week 2 group leader will present a summary of the posts.  In your final summative group post, present an overview of your group’s findings. Share the graphs and tables that were created, along with a rationale for your choices. Also include the measures of central tendency and dispersion that were found and a justification for your choices

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