What is University Data Analysis?

University Data Analysis is a long-term, multi-phase project designed to improve the ability of university users to make data-informed decisions that align actions with strategic objectives.

In the first phase, the project team will implement a data warehouse offering more sophisticated reporting capability for all users. Future phases of the project will involve development of “business intelligence” and analytics tools to enable complex statistical analysis and trend discovery, predictive and “what if” modeling, use of metrics, key performance indicators, and alerts. The project team will customize these tools to determine and measure institution-specific indicators, make strategic decisions, and make changes based upon those findings. The new system also will be able to incorporate tools for monitoring compliance and increasing accountability.

Phase One of the project, which is currently underway, involves implementing “campus solutions” data from admissions, financial aid, student records, student financials, and the campus community. Other types of university data, such as human resources, financials, facilities, grant administration, et al., together with access to external data, such as IPEDS, will be integrated in future project phases.

The project team will develop complex reports and dashboards, and users will have the flexibility to develop their own reports and tools, as well. Similar initiatives at other universities have involved:

The University Data Analysis project is administered by a Project Team under the oversight of a Steering Committee appointed by UW-Platteville’s Chancellor, Dennis J. Shields.

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Long Range Plan

Diagram showing the different things that will be merged into our Data warehouse including HR, Financials, Facilities, Ad Astra, Grants administration, Other university data and External data when possible

Vision

University Data Analysis aims to deliver meaningful, timely, easy-to-use information to support university business operations, strategic and tactical decision-making, and reporting needs.

Operating Principles

Governance and Structure

Project Structure

A heirarchy with the Chancellor at the top, Steering Committee in the middle, and the Project Team and End users at the bottom

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the governing body responsible for aligning the University Data Analysis project's functionality with UW-Platteville's strategic needs and is tasked with promoting widespread acceptance of the project, providing and soliciting diverse campus perspectives, and establishing project priorities.

Executive Sponsor: Robert G. Cramer, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Steering Committee Members:

Dennis Cooley: Assistant Chancellor for Advancement/Development
Robert Cramer: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
Jennifer M. deCoste, Assistant Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
Dawn Drake: Executive Director, Distance Learning
William Hudson: Dean, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
David Kieckhafer: Registrar
Mark Mailloux: Institutional Research Manager
Suzanne Traxler: Assistant Vice Chancellor and CIO, Office of Information Technology
Mittie Nimocks: Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Cathy Riedl-Farrey: Director of Financial Services/Controller
Elizabeth Throop: Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education
Angela Udelhofen: Assistant Chancellor for Admissions and Financial Aid
David van Buren: Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean, Graduate Studies
Wayne Weber: Dean, College of Business, Industry, Life Science & Agriculture
Joanne Wilson: Interim Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs

Project Prioritization Working Group

The Project Prioritization Working Group is comprised of Steering Committee members who have volunteered to serve as a representative body to make decisions regarding project prioritization when multiple projects arise that cannot be handled simultaneously. In evaluating projects for prioritization, this working group considers factors including business needs, level of urgency, project feasibility, and the benefits to the university as a whole.

The current members of the Project Prioritization Working Group are:

Dawn Drake: Executive Director, Distance Learning
William Hudson: Dean, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
David Kieckhafer: Registrar
Mark Mailloux: Institutional Research Manager
Wayne Weber: Dean, College of Business, Industry, Life Science & Agriculture
Joanne Wilson: Interim Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs

Questions? Comments?

Please contact us with questions or comments at dataanalysis@uwplatt.edu.