Tracking College Responses to COVID-19

How did colleges respond to COVID-19 in Spring 2020? That was the question a team of brilliant Davidson College students (Katie Felten, Luis Toledo, Maddie Buitendorp) and I set out to answer the second that Davidson went online. Well, we’ve now collected data on 1,442 colleges and universities… and we have some answers for you. We’d love for you to read a paper we’ve written on all this, but here is the TL;DR version:

Does your campus have a Confederate statue?

I’m pleased to finally showcase a project I’ve been working on for about a week or so. After the events of Charlottesville, a number of colleges and universities have begun to reexamine their Confederate pasts. The University of Texas at Austin and Duke University both removed statues of Robert E. Lee from places of prominence, while the President of Texas A & M university announced that the university would not take down its statue of Sul Ross, a Confederate General who led the university after the Civil War. In part to flex my data visualization muscles, and also because I think it is important that students, faculty, staff, and alumni know if there is a monument to the Confederacy on their campuses, I’ve cataloged all of the college campus-based Confederate memorials I could find on the map below.

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