Poly Politics continues to be a relevant and frequently visited site, but as the site nears its 5th year, a refresh is much needed.
The resulting product of this refresh is a site that I think is brighter, more user-friendly, and presents the data in a much more streamlined manner. I hope you will agree. Data, as you will see (or already have seen) is presented in a slightly different format. In addition to the names of faculty in every department (at the time when the data was collected) and the pie-chart for the department/area, the specific numbers for each category are also enumerated. The use of Google Sheets to display the data will also facilitate easier updates to the data in years to come. Further, using Google Sheets makes it easy to quickly switch between years, to see how the partisan split of individual departments, of colleges, or of the campus overall may change over time.
And on the note of updates to the data, with the most recent data coming from the 2013-2014 academic year, it is time for an update! So, also to coincide with the site entering its 5th year, updated data is forthcoming! Expect updated data to be posted by November (I'll post here when everything has been updated).
I hope interested individuals will continue to find the data relevant and important. I also hope the data will lead people to pause and consider what it means, particularly as related to viewpoint/intellectual/viewpoint diversity.
Enjoy the site!
Today Poly Politics turn one year old. A lot of exciting things have happened in the last year, and many more to come. A couple stats:
May the site continue to be relevant and interesting, and lead people to pause and think about what the numbers present. Here's to another great year!
Poly Politics is almost one year old! Being that a year has past faculty have retired or moved on, new faces have come to campus, and some people have changed their party preference.
So...check back in a few months for updated data on the party break down of Cal Poly faculty, administrators, and others that have a direct impact on the every-day operation and function of the university.
Polypolitics.com is officially ten days old and is soaring high when it comes to 'hits' and visitor interaction. Some current stats:
1. Why is there no margin of error?
No margin of error exists because every individual represented in the study was analyzed--the whole population represented (see #4) was analyzed.
2. How did you sample? Is the sample representative?
The whole population was analyzed, so the sample is without a doubt representative. The names of each individual sampled can be found on their respective department/division page on this site. Instead of taking a representative sample or individually talking to everyone every name was analyzed in a voter-registration database.
3. What about the people who are not registered to vote?
Any individual not registered to vote was marked as "Unknown" and put in that category, and thus are still part of the results of the research.
4. Who was sampled? (Who is represented in this study?)
Every individual that has a direct impact on the every-day operation and function of the university was analyzed. This includes faculty, administration, and others (such as auxiliaries, student representatives, etc.)
5. Some names show up on two or more department or division pages, were they counted multiple times?
No. Strict measures prevented this from occurring. Each individual that is a part of a department or division was counted toward the overall percentages of that division or department. When it came to doing the overall by-college or area percentages, and the university in sum percentages all duplicates were removed and thus no name was counted more than once.
Any other questions please post them as a comment!
48 hours down since launching and Polypolitics.com has already surpassed 400 unique visitors! Some current stats:
The distribution by party is quite interesting, especially when broken down by college and major. The College of Liberal Arts holds the recognition as being the college with the greatest number of Democrats, and the Smallest number of Republicans, tallying in at 50% and 8.86% respectively. The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences holds the recognition as having the greatest percentage of Republicans among all of the colleges (28.92%), and is also distinguished in that it has the most even proportions among parties of all the colleges (28.92% D, 28.92% R, 18.67% NP, 22.29% Unk.). When it comes to being most neutral, the College of Engineering tops the list with its 21.26% stronghold of individuals registered with no party affiliation.
Majors/Departments are a whole different story. Some special distinctions:
Hundreds of hours, and a few months later, that which I thought at one point to be a 'neat idea' but not really attainable has finally gone live. I'm cuttin' it close too. With the election being only five days away there couldn't have been a better time for this information to become available. My hope is that this information will provide a greater insight to an aspect of Cal Poly, SLO that is often considered a 'taboo' topic, and will in turn generate a lively and civil campus discussion. Maybe it will bring those affiliated with Cal Poly as students, faculty, or administration to pause and think about what the numbers present--especially what they may present when analyzed longitudinally. Let the numbers speak for themselves! -- N8
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