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The Weightlist Podcast

Episode 27 – The Top 4 Enrollment Data Fallacies To Avoid

Human beings, as Dan Ariely wrote, are predictably irrational – and yes, that includes enrollment managers. From recruitment event feedback forms (good to meet you sampling bias), to predictive models (hello false causality), and all those early deposit incentives that only seem to encourage enrollment melt (good day Cobra Effect). If you have ever said this of your favorite slumping athlete: “(s)he’s due,” then you might be human, and thus subject to data fallacies. In this episode of The Weightlist, Thom and Brad list the 4 biggest data fallacies in enrollment management and how to avoid them. Along the way of course is beer and all the reasons you’ll ever need to eat that dessert first.


Thom: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma S.A. de C.V., Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, Carta Blanco, https://untappd.com/b/cerveceria-cuauhtemoc-moctezuma-heineken-carta-blanca/3561

Brad: Utepils Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN, utepilsbrewing.com, Copacetic Kölsch, https://untappd.com/b/utepils-brewing-co-copacetic/1896248


Stanford marshmallow experiment; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_marshmallow_experiment

Softening Claims of the Marshmallow Test, Inside Higher Ed; https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/06/new-findings-cast-doubt-marshmallow-test-success-claims

Data Fallacies the Avoid; https://www.geckoboard.com/assets/data-fallacies-to-avoid.pdf

Haifa Israel Daycare Study: What Makes People Do What They Do?; http://freakonomics.com/2013/10/23/what-makes-people-do-what-they-do/

Regression Fallacy; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regression_fallacy

McNamara Fallacy; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McNamara_fallacy



Artist: Revolution Void, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Revolution_Void/

Track: Effects of Elevation, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Revolution_Void/Increase_the_Dosage/revolution_void_-_04_-_effects_of_elevation

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