Entry 3Impact of Major Selection Motivation on ACT Score and Change of Major
CHEN, Shaoyu; ZOU, Yuxuan — Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Winner: Appropriateness

This visualization design aims to show the impact of different motivation in selecting majors. All students are divided into 4 groups according to how they choose their major in the first year. The classification is based on whether a student chooses a major that interests him or fits him. For a student, if his/her T2_Level2 equals his/her T1_Level2, then we say that he/she chooses a major that interests him, since T1_level2 is his indicated major of interest. If his T2_IMFIT is “Good”, then we say that he/she chooses a major that fits him. Thus the 4 groups are defined as follows:

1st group (interested): T2_Level2 == T1_Level2, T2_IMFIT != “Good”
2nd group (interested and fit): T2_Level2 == T1_Level2, T2_IMFIT == “Good”
3rd group (fit): T2_Level2 != T1_Level2, T2_IMFIT != “Good”
4th group (none): T2_Level2 != T1_Level2, T2_IMFIT != “Good”

Then we look into the act average score and the possibility of changing major for each major in the four groups. Our major result is the radial graph in the middle, where for each major in the 4 groups, we use color to represent the average ACT score, and length of bar charts to represent the possibility of changing major in their second year. For the convenience of comparing ACT scores of the same major under different motivation, we added the heat map on the right.

In conclusion, higher interest and fitness level can lower the chance for students to change major, and such effect can be added. On the other hand, students with higher ACT scores tend to choose a major that interests him or fits him, or both.

Name: CHEN, Shaoyu
Email: schenan@stu.ust.hk
Affiliation: the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Postal address: ROOM 012L, UG HALL III, the HKUST, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Name: ZOU, Yuxuan
Email: yzouac@stu.ust.hk
Affiliation: the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Postal address: ROOM 404L, UG HALL VI, the HKUST, Kowloon, Hong Kong