Name: Michael Kahn
Number of Teammates Desired: 0
Description of Idea:
I will create an app to explore publicly available data on American universities. While the information itself will be similar to that available through the College Board and similar websites, the presentation will be more intuitive. Users will be able to interactively compare universities by metrics of their choosing. While comparison tools like that on the College Board's website display all data as text, this app would present location data on a map, numerical data in a chart if appropriate, etc.
Description of Data:
A large amount of data on both public and private universities is available through the Dept. of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. This includes enrollment, financials, graduation rates, staff information, and much more. I would focus primarily on financial data, but would include other information as appropriate and as time permits. This data is all available at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/Default.aspx and can be filtered and downloaded in CSV format.