Creating a Healthy Analytics Culture on Campus

Creating a Healthy Analytics Culture on Campus

In higher education, new ideas have the potential to take off quickly. With a plethora of publications, Listservs, and professional networks, good concepts can spread from institution to institution in a matter of hours. Ideas like microlearning, competency-based assessment, student-centered learning, and immersive experiences began, at some point in time, on one campus or in the mind of one individual. Today, they have become commonplace at institutions across the globe. Yet, as each concept has been passed along and adopted on different campuses, it has been adjusted and branded for the unique needs of that institution. Analytics — including big data analytics — is one such concept, with various campuses using the term to potentially reflect different activities.

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The Institutional Researcher: The Unsung Hero on Campus

The Institutional Researcher: The Unsung Hero on Campus

The role of institutional researchers may vary depending on the campus. On some campuses, they are data providers, while on others they are more directly involved in asking questions, interpreting data, and informing discussions, processes, and strategies. Regardless of which scenario you find yourself in, if the data your office houses and produces has utility for stakeholders, you’re providing a service in the name of progress. And while you may not be able to organize tall data warehouses in a single act, you can certainly work to alleviate common data pain points on campus. The benefit for your institution is that you’ll spend less time lassoing myriad data points, and more time assuring your stakeholders that students can succeed.

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