How to make a pie chart from your spreadsheet data in Microsoft Excel in 5 easy steps

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You can easily make a pie chart in Excel, which is a great way to make numeric data appreciable at a glance, without the need for a deep dive into facts and figures.
Excel can use the information already entered into a series of cells aligned in either a row or column of a spreadsheet to make a pie chart.
Pie charts can be moved around within the Excel sheet and can also be dragged into other programs, such as Word or PowerPoint to dress up reports, presentations, and papers.
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One option for sharing reports with your team is to simply rattle off numbers. Think something like this: “We allocated 10% of operating budget to maintenance, 15% to hardware upgrades, 18% to renegotiated insurance and…” so on. You’ve already lost their attention.

Numbers aren’t that interesting when spoken about. But when your team can see the data laid out in a visual format, suddenly it all makes sense. Pie charts are a great way to present numerical data because they make comparing the magnitude of various numbers quick and easy, while also making the larger data set appreciable at a glance.

And when you already have a column or row of an Excel spreadsheet loaded with the data in question, you can make a pie chart in about five seconds. Here’s how.

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How to make a pie chart in Excel

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The 20 US colleges with the best return on your investment 40 years after you’ve enrolled

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The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce published a study titled “A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 colleges.”
It ranks universities by their return on investment (ROI) for students 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 years after enrollment.
Forty years after enrollment, the top 20 schools with the highest ROI include four maritime or Marine institutions and two Ivy League schools. The top three spots are claimed by pharmacy colleges.
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A degree from a small New York pharmacy college is more likely to give you a better bang for your buck than a pricey Ivy League school, according to a new report.

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) published a study titled “A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 colleges” on Thursday that lists US colleges by their return-on-investment measures (ROI) in 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 years after enrollment.

The ROI measure of the study is called “net present value” (NPV), which Georgetown University CEW defines as “how much a sum of money in the future is valued today.” NPV includes measures such as costs, future earnings, and “length of time it would take to invest and earn a certain amount of money over a fixed horizon.”

Georgetown University CEW found that after 40 years, private colleges had a higher average ROI for bachelor’s degrees than public colleges. It also found that certificate programs and community colleges had the highest ROI rankings at the 10-year post-enrollment milestone, but they were surpassed by bachelor’s degrees in the long term.

Of the top 20 universities, four were either maritime or Marine institutions, and two were Ivy League schools. The top three schools with the highest NPV after 40 years were all pharmacy colleges: MCPHS University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and …read more

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Elizabeth Warren is running for president in 2020. Here’s everything we know about the candidate and how she stacks up against the competition.

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Who is Elizabeth Warren?

Current job: US Senator from Massachusetts. Running for president of the United States as a Democratic candidate.

Age: 70

Family: Warren is married to law professor Bruce Mann. She has two children, Amelia Warren Tyagi and Alexander Warren.

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Political party: Democratic

Previous jobs: Advisor to President Barack Obama on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2010 to 2011. Chair of the congressional oversight panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) from 2008-2010. Tenured law professor at Harvard Law School from 1993 to 2013.

Who is Warren’s direct competition for the nomination?

Based on a recurring series of national surveys we conduct, we can figure out who the other candidates competing in Elizabeth Warren’s lane are, and who the broader opponents are within the party.

The average Warren-satisfied respondent said they were satisfied with 3.9 other candidates, which is the third-lowest number of rivals for a candidate in the race. That’s pretty good: it means that people who like her tend to be narrowing down their choices. Still, only about 5 percent of Warren supporters said they were satisfied with her and her alone.
Among Democratic primary voters, about half of those who’d be satisfied with Warren as nominee were also satisfied with Joe Biden as nominee. That is way down, from about two thirds early in the election cycle. Warren has carved out a constituency of her own, but a Biden candidacy that pans out will pose a significant threat to Warren’s ability to consolidate a constituency.

Those satisfied with Warren also would be satisfied with fellow New England liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders. Of those satisfied with Warren as nominee, just shy of two thirds also would be satisfied with Sanders. That’s about 10 percentage points higher than Sander’s performance among general Democrats, who were satisfied with him …read more

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