Major

Business Administration

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

There have been many methodologies to rank schools in the past. Many of these are based on graduation rates, but they do not show the reason why some schools have greater success than others. The goal of our study is to look at environmental factors that may lead to school success. These factors are critical in finding out relevant solutions so that equality can be achieved in public schooling. We found, by using cluster analysis, several important factors that correlate with school success. These factors give impactful insights into the harsh reality of the inequality in public schooling. By using these clusters of different types of schools, policymakers can make informed decisions when allocating funds and be able to better provide for the school districts and the students within them that are in need of the most help.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Professor Carolyn Tang Kmet, Senior Lecturer at the Quinlan School of Business

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Using Cluster Analysis to Determine Factors of Success in Local Chicago High Schools

There have been many methodologies to rank schools in the past. Many of these are based on graduation rates, but they do not show the reason why some schools have greater success than others. The goal of our study is to look at environmental factors that may lead to school success. These factors are critical in finding out relevant solutions so that equality can be achieved in public schooling. We found, by using cluster analysis, several important factors that correlate with school success. These factors give impactful insights into the harsh reality of the inequality in public schooling. By using these clusters of different types of schools, policymakers can make informed decisions when allocating funds and be able to better provide for the school districts and the students within them that are in need of the most help.