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UT System launches free online database to connect industry with thousands of world-class researchers

Announcing Influuent, a cutting-edge web portal that allows private sector and government agencies to quickly find thousands of renowned researchers and facilities at the System's campuses and health institutions.

Influuent is a free online searchable database of researchers and resources that enable potential collaborators to easily identify faculty experts to conduct all levels of research (basic, applied and clinical), develop new technologies and processes and overcome technical challenges.

View the press release

Follow Influuent on twitter @influuent  and on  LinkedIn .

UT System launches update to interactive tool for students and families

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In January 2014, 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 degree. An update that includes seekUT+grad was released in October that expanded the measures available and includes data for graduate and professional degrees as well.

Available online, via smartphone, and on your tablet using the Mobile BI app (also available for Android tablet devices), seekUT provides users with a range of data by degree major that will inform students in their decision making:

  • program descriptions
  • the median first-, fifth-, and tenth-year wages, by degree major, of actual UT graduates working in Texas
  • average student loan debt
  • estimated monthly loan payment compared to estimated monthly earnings
  • semester credit hour requirements
  • percent of students who continued their education after earning their degree
  • industries where graduates were employed in 2013

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 2012 to 2022, 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 seekUT 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.

Discover even more from your iPad ! Click here for brief instructions that 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. You can also access seekUT via your smartphone.

News Release (October 8, 2014): UT System first in nation to provide salary, debt and jobs data to help students plan their future

News Release (August 14, 2014): University of Texas System makes salary data and student debt data available via smartphone

News Release (January 16, 2014): University of Texas System first in nation to provide salary and student debt data |
“seekUT” online resource will help prospective UT students make informed decisions



UT System Productivity Dashboard

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:

  • Institutional View . Dropdowns at the top right of each dashboard allow you to select an institutional view, providing immediate campus-level dashboards in addition to the higher level System view. You can also select All Academic or All Health.
  • Tuition & Fees . We have put out a report analyzing various institutional trends in published price. Published price includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses for beginning undergraduates. Peer comparisons are also included.
  • Student Metrics . These include admissions test scores for entering students, undergraduates per professional academic advisor, licensure exam pass rates, and time to a baccalaureate degree by area of study.
  • Navigation Panel . As the number of metrics and views on the dashboard continues to grow, we want to keep the user experience as friendly as possible. The new navigation panel on the lefthand side of the portal pages will help you navigate to various areas of the dashboard, and, in some cases, take you directly to certain reports.

Staff Updates

Strategic Initiatives Selects New Director!
October 1, 2013: Dr. David Troutman is appointed Director for the Office of Strategic Initiatives

Moving On Up – Stephanie Bond Huie Named Vice Chancellor for OSI
July 18, 2013:   Dr. Stephanie Huie is appointed Vice Chancellor for the Office of Strategic Initiatives

UT System’s (Stephanie) Huie Chairing National Committee
April 30, 2013: Dr. Stephanie Huie is appointed chair for National Association of System Heads (NASH) - will oversee 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.


Visit our Presentations page to see the following presentations and more.

  • Enrollment Management and Institutional Research (EMIR) Conference, February 2014 (Tokyo, Japan)
    "Institutional Research and Enrollment Management Practices at the University of Texas System" by Dr. Stephanie Bond Huie 
  • Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) Conference, February 2014 (Dallas)
    "Show Them the Money: How to Use Wage Records to Inform Multiple Audiences" by Dr. David Troutman, Dr. Mehary Stafford, Cathy Delgado
  • Data Visualization Summit, September 2013
    "From Static Reports to Visualizations: Cultivating a Data Culture" by Dr. Stephanie Bond Huie, UT System and Paul Bachteal, SAS


SAS named UT System the winner of its Excellence in Education award at the SAS Global Forum 2013. This award spotlights use of SAS to improve operations, empower leaders, prepare students for today’s workforce, spark innovation and expand educational opportunities.

Social Media

The UTFacts Online blog focuses on what's going on with our latest projects - successes, frustrations, and next steps. We welcome online participation to discuss issues of data collection, analysis, and presentation, as well as how data plays a part in making policy decisions.


The blog is also a forum to look at data more informally. 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.

For finger-on-the-pulse news, check out our Twitter feed. 




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Explore graphicAnnouncing the next step in our efforts to increase transparency; measure more effectively our productivity, efficiency, and impact; and demonstrate more clearly our accountability.

This tool, available online and through an iPad app, is interactive and user-friendly.

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