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, via smartphone, and on your iPad using 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 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. 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.
Now you can discover even 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. You can also access seekUT via your smartphone.
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 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:
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.
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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.
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