The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) expands and transforms traditional institutional research (IR) data into timely and meaningful information to reinforce The University of Texas System's mission, initiatives, and policy decisions. OSI monitors the broader higher education environment at the system, state, and national levels, and uses that knowledge along with in-depth research and analysis to make recommendations that inform policy decisions and business strategy. It supports a data culture at UT System that fosters integrity, innovation, transparency, collaboration, communication, and best practices. OSI supports the 14 institutions of the UT System by providing some data and analyses to the campuses, engaging in joint research projects, and administering a centralized data request process with the goal of reducing the burden of requests on the campuses. Additionally, the Project Management Office within OSI provides project management support to ensure the successful delivery of Chancellor McRaven's Quantum Leaps.
Strategic Initiatives' next-generation IR office delivers advanced cross-functional competencies, services, and products, including the UT System Dashboard and data warehouse; seekUTTM, a free online tool that provides wage data to students and their families; and Fast Facts and the UT System SmartBook, printed resources with key data points for all UT institutions. In addition to conventional IR roles of data collection and reporting, OSI integrates skillsets in communications, information technology, business intelligence and analytics, data presentation/visualization, and research and reporting, as well as project management, to support the work of UT System and its institutions.
seekUT is a free, online tool created by The University of Texas System using wage data from the Texas Workforce Commission. The wage data in seekUT, which is based on real UT graduates who work in Texas, provides some context to help inform student decisions on critical questions about their education that impact their financial and professional future.
By using seekUT, students can access the median earnings of UT graduates working full time in Texas—by degree level in 400 areas of study—one, five, and 10 years after graduation, alongside median student loan debt. They can also see the debt-to-income ratio—the estimated monthly loan payment as a percentage of gross monthly income. Additionally, seekUT includes program descriptions, average time to degree, and the percentage of graduates who have continued their education beyond the baccalaureate. It shows the industries where graduates are working by area of study, as well as the anticipated job growth in Texas by occupation through 2022.
seekUT provides valuable information to current and prospective UT students and their families to help them make decisions about their education—choosing a degree program, understanding the importance of timely graduation, or forming realistic expectations about the costs and benefits of a higher education. Visit seekUT.
The UT System Dashboard is a business intelligence and data visualization 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 that will support better decision- and policy-making across all campuses and System.
UT System created the Dashboard to increase transparency; measure more effectively its productivity, efficiency, and impact; and to demonstrate more clearly its accountability to primary stakeholders, including legislators, policy and decision-makers at all levels, our institutions, academic and administrative leaders, as well as students and their families. Visit the UT System Dashboard at http://data.utsystem.edu.