Data projects

Most enterprise stories I did for the News consisted of data mining to support the basis of the story. We wanted a more visual way to represent the numbers and to let our readers play around to see how their school or town fared. Infographics were made by my colleagues (see info page about those wonderful guys). Those graphics, which don't always make it onto the website with the story, are included below.

College graduation rates in Texas

This story from May 2013 focused on college graduation rates in Texas, which legislators were pushing for improvement in. It was an exhaustive look at every four- and six-year public college's graduation rates based off data from an information request. (Link:

I also did interactives for four-year ( and six-year ( grad rates that plotted all the schools on one chart for comparison.

Two-year degrees

Story from October 2012 showing that students in two-year colleges aren't necessarily finishing quicker than their four-year counterparts. (Link:

Women's Health

The 16 women icons stand for the Planned Parenthood clinics in North Texas that faced losing government funding because they are affiliated with privately funded clinics that offer abortions.

The dots represent approved state women's health program providers as of October 2012, such as clinics or private physician practices. Many have more than than one doctor at the location.

The color designates the number of Medicaid Women's Health Program clients the provider saw in fiscal 2011, the most recent year data is available.

Most of those clinics saw few if any women in that program in the last fiscal year. The number of woman who received services from Planned Parenthood covers the past 12 months.

The state believes there will be enough providers to absorb the new client base. Critics fear some clinics will not be able to take in all the displaced patients or that they will be harder to reach.

The dots: None – Red | 1-10 – Green | 11-300 – Blue | 500+ – Purple

The full interactive map can be viewed at:

Note: This story was published in December 2012.

Tuition increases

This story from September 2012 required data stretching back to 2003 to show that tuition in Texas had gone up 55 percent since it was deregulated. (Link:

Surpassing the governor

For a story on university presidential salaries in February 2013, I dug through open records to put together data for a chart looking at salaries for university presidents and business school deans in Texas university systems. Their annual base pay is compared to the base pay for the governor, which is $150,000.

A separate graphic for the February 2013 story looks at perks using Dallas Morning News research. Graphics done by Troy Oxford. (Link:

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