Now you can Explore More from your iPad. This three-minute video will walk you through, step-by-step, on how to dowload the Mobile BI app, connect to the UT System server, and subscribe to and open reports.
UT System has been a leader in accountability and transparency, and now we are taking 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.
As we complete the build out of our data warehouse, we will be adding new content to the Dashboard. We will be adding more data, more metrics, and more levels of drill through as appropriate. We will also be adding links to additional analysis and related external white papers and reports.
We're Talking About It. We wanted to share our journey through this dashboard project, so we started a blog. 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. What are others who are undergoing this sort of project doing?
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.
Now on twitter! As part of our efforts to get information out there and to start a conversation, we are also on twitter as @UTFactsOnline. Follow us there for project updates, short data bites, and links to new blog posts, reports, etc. We'll stick mostly to data and institutional research-related issues, but we'll also share interesting stories in the world of education or from our 15 campuses. You can also follow @utsystem for the latest UT System news.
The UT System Office of Strategic Initiatives provides leadership, staffing, and resources to foster alignment, manage development, coordinate initiatives, and track progress and impact of the Framework for Excellence and related administration and campus activities.
The office chairs and staffs strategic initiative advisory groups and leads improvements in the accountability and assessment framework, including development of peer comparisons and benchmarking studies. It aligns institutional studies and policy analysis with management information and policy needs of the Board, Chancellor, legislative requests, and with strategic and functional activities of UT System offices and campuses.
The goal of these activities is to support evidence-based decision-making by fostering cross-System focus, alignment, and effective communication about the key goals, priorities, and outcomes of UT System activities.
The UT System establishes goals and implements priorities to achieve excellence aligned with clear and specific plans that engage people throughout the organization, including institutions, System offices, and the Board of Regents. Through an integrated approach to planning and accountability, the System takes actions and communicates effectively its areas of emphasis, specific priorities, initiatives, and accomplishments to demonstrate the value that it provides in serving Texans.
To fulfill its mission, OSI:
Develops and maintains an online, publicly accessible system that provides current and historical data on metrics related to student success, faculty productivity, research and technology transfer, finance and productivity, and healthcare.
Directs research and publishes detailed analyses on special topics.
Works with policy leaders to align the Framework for Excellence with state and national trends in accountability, and enhance the System's national leadership contributions on these issues.
Provides management with information and analyses in support of the strategic objectives and institutional improvement efforts of The University of Texas System.
Provides an integrated approach to institutional research, conducting policy analyses, maintaining a repository of management information, and disseminating information for use by decision-makers.
Announcing the next step in our efforts to increase transparency; measure more effectively our productivity, efficiency, and impact; and demonstrate more clearly our accountability.
This new tool, now available online and soon through a mobile app, is more interactive and more user-friendly. We'll be releasing new data as well as offering new visualizations on data already available on the Dashboard.