On January 16, The University of Texas System Office of Strategic Initiatives launched seekUT (search + earnings + employment = knowledge), a website and complementary interactive tool targeted to students and their families in order to help them plan their academic futures and reduce the costs of earning a bachelor’s degree. Available online and on your iPad via the SAS Mobile BI app (also available for Android tablet devices), seekUT will provide users with a range of data by degree major that will inform students in their decision making:
In addition, there is a great deal of data on earnings and jobs, by occupation, for Texas, Texas regions, other states, and national medians. This includes the projected job growth from 2010 to 2020, annual median wage, and the estimated number of positions annually available. We feel that the combination of these data elements offers students and their parents a planning tool that is unique.
The tool was developed using data obtained through partnerships with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission, as well as data available through the National Student Clearinghouse and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections program.
The comprehensive online data tool is designed to help students and their families plan their future based on a foundation of realistic expectations of potential student loan debt and post-graduation earnings. seekUT will eventually include data for all degree levels, as well as additional portals relevant to high school counselors, university administrators and advisors, and researchers.
Dr. Huie recently presented at the Data Visualization Summit in Boston - the largest gathering of Fortune 500 business executives leading big data and data visualization initiatives.
Our presentations take you behind the scenes! We’ve been out. Out of the office and out of Austin. Staff members have been presenting at conferences, discussing research, as well as sharing how our productivity dashboard has evolved. We’ll continue adding to these, so come see what we’ve been presenting.
Dr. Stephanie Huie has been appointed chair of the national advisory committee at NASH that will oversee a project to assess the role of higher education systems in institutional research and how that may change to improve data capacity to measure and improve institutional performance.
Now you can explore more from your iPad! Click here for a three-minute video to walk you through, step-by-step, on how to download the Mobile BI app, connect to the UT System server, and subscribe to/open reports.
UT System has been a leader in accountability and transparency, and now we have taken the next step in our efforts to increase transparency; measure more effectively our productivity, efficiency, and impact; and demonstrate more clearly our accountability.
The Dashboard is a business intelligence system that includes web-based applications for extracting and analyzing institutional data. Its purpose is to provide current data, trends over time, and comparative benchmarking across a variety of metrics in support of better decision- and policy-making.
We are continually adding more data, more metrics, and more levels of drill through. We also add links to additional analysis and related external white papers as they become available.
Examples of data and functionality include:
We wanted to share our journey through this dashboard project, so we are maintaining a blog: UTFacts Online . The blog focuses on what's going on with the project--successes, frustrations, and next steps. What we truly want is to build a community that discusses the issues of data collection, analysis, and presentation. And how that data plays a part in policy decision-making.
It's also a forum to look at data more informally. For example, we've offered sneak peeks on enrollment and graduation rates data. We've looked briefly at some census data. Often the information will be more formally and fully analyzed and presented in official publications, but the blog allows us a place to get it out there more quickly and in smaller, more digestible pieces.
We also have a twitter feed . Come join the conversation!