This map presents a combined geospatial and social network visualization tool to better understand the key organizations that are involved in the scaling and adopting of competency-based education in higher education. Displayed are higher education institutions and other stakeholder organizations leading and delivering competency-based education (CBE) programs.
Connections (ties) between organizations are based on collaborative interactions of individuals working for them in the form of presentations, publications, and board and committee activities. These individuals' shared interactions have been summarized to the organizational level. The width of ties represents the number of collaborative interactions between their employees.
The number of people in these organizations (limited in scope to the network analysis), summarized by state, is visualized with the lighter color of a state indicating a larger number of individuals involved in the network analysis.
Higher education organizations are symbolized with red dots. A yellow circle surrounding an organization dot signifies its participation in EDUCAUSE's Breakthrough Models Incubator cohorts between 2013 and 2015. A green circle surrounding an organization indicates the organization is participating in one of the US Department of Education's Experimental Sites Initiatives for CBE.
By default, the tie strength displayed has already been filtered such that ties of strength 1 are not currently showing. Use the widget on the right to filter ties at your discretion. Hit the clear button to show all ties.
Applications: CARTO, QGIS 2.18.20 64 bit on Windows 10, UCINET (for social network data manipulation), Alteryx Public Geocoding App
Data sources: Author compiled CBE-HE research database of institutions, individuals, and their collaborative interactions (presentations, publications, board and committee activities) between 2015 and 2018; Census Bureau Cartographic Boundary Shapefiles (website)
CRS: WGS84 (EPSG 4326)