Challenge: Visualize the Economics of Higher Graduation Rates

Challenge: Visualize the Economics of Higher Graduation Rates

Graduating from high school means better job prospects and higher earning potential for individuals, but what does it mean for the community or country as a whole? Moreover, how do you convince policymakers and business leaders to invest in improving graduation rates?

To that end, the Alliance for Excellent Education has compiled data that projects the economic benefits that greater numbers of high school graduates would bring to communities and states across the US. Looking at a variety of indicators, from increased investment and home values to new jobs created, the data offers a detailed look at these effects over the next several decades. The numbers are encouraging, but they need a clear, sophisticated visualization to get the attention they deserve.

We're excited to announce that, in partnership with NBC News' Education Nation, Visualizing.org is challenging you to visualize this data so that policymakers and the public can see the outcomes of improving America’s schools. There's a lot of information in this data set -- use your information design expertise to create an infographic that clarifies the findings and can inspire change. The winning project will be showcased at the Education Nation Summit 2011, an event in New York City, focusing this year on state-wide policy, with governors, members of congress, and other elected officials in attendance.

Get the full details about the Education Nation Challenge here. Good luck!

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