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Statistical Rigor

Apr09_cover.jpgThe April Bulletin article “A Transformative Presidency” by Lawrence Schall ’75 states that “the number of African-American and Latino students in the entering Class of 2000 jumped from 26 to 94—an astonishing 400 percent increase.”

While the proportion of the numbers approaches 4 to 1, the increase (68 more than 26) is about 260 percent, not 400.

Still, the Bulletin is an attractive publication. My girlfriend, an editor at University of Alaska–Fairbanks, uses my copies as a model for UAF’s fledgling alumni magazine.

Matthew Reckard ’76
Ester, Alaska

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