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The article from the Chronicle doesnt pass the sniff test. They have no colleges in their set located in the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. But a simple Google search shows at least 8 colleges on the reservation. I know they are 'real' schools because I worked at one for a summer. Many people on the reservation choose to stay on the reservation for their education, for many valid reasons. There is no reason to assume these people are underserved (by the measures they are talking about in the article).

They provide very little information on how they selected the schools they show. I believe they reduced the set of schools until they got the result they wanted. There is no reason to eliminate schools with acceptance rates lower than 30% unless you have already determined/assumed that the population you are looking at wouldn't get in to those schools. There is no evidence provided for how they came to that conclusion.


Correction: They do list Oglala Lakota College. But only one of the campuses, reducing the 'catchment' area of the college. How many other campuses did they leave off for other schools?


Gulf Coast State College is included in the IPEDS data base the article uses. It has an acceptance rate of 100%. But it is not listed in their map. Why?

It is in Panama City Beach Fl. There are 200k people in the metro area of that city (most within a 60 minute drive of the school). Thats a big swath of people to miscount.

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