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A Note to Readers on Faculty Survey Methodology

By Brian P. Yu and Phelan Yu, Crimson Staff Writers

To our readers:

We write to address a letter by Government Professor Dustin Tingely regarding the factual accuracy of faculty survey results reported in a May 1 Crimson article. We appreciate Prof. Tingely raising concerns that reporting the raw data without disclaiming a response bias leads to a perception that “all of the claims in the article could be flipped.”

The Crimson has updated the May 1 article to include a methodology section clarifying response validation and our understanding of the collected data. Broadly, respondent demographics tracked well with publicly available information on the demographics of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Applying demographic re-weightings results in changes to the response category distributions by no greater than plus or minus 2.5 percent.

Brian P. Yu ’19
Associate News Editor, 145th Guard

Phelan Yu ’19
Associate News Editor, 145th Guard

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