Applying Data to Support, Prepare and Retain Faculty
Data visualization capabilities can help higher ed institutions attract and retain talent. The University of Texas at Austin, for example, uses data analytics to inform its leaders about what a fair salary should be and how to make better financial and business decisions.
To further support their staff, UT Austin uses its analytics dashboards to make data-driven award nominations. This way, the university can make timely adjustments to ensure faculty are receiving the recognition they deserve for their work.
Planning for the Future of Student Success
The benefits of data analytics extend beyond employee management. In fact, many universities and colleges are leveraging data to support student success. When Miami University in Ohio transitioned to a fully virtual model at the start of the pandemic, the institution used technology and data to help ensure its course offerings continued to meet accreditation standards and that they remained consistent from class to class.
The university connected data gathered from student surveys across various digital platforms to share a full picture of the situation with leadership and administrators. The university’s data officers say they will continue to use data analytics as students return to campus to help administrators gain a better understanding of student engagement and performance.
Meanwhile, Indiana University is using data analytics to ensure course offerings are aligned with student demand. It allows them to plan ahead — from the time students are admitted — to project course availability. Similarly, Santa Barbara City College in California uses data analytics to better accommodate the schedules of part-time students and those who can only attend classes at night — after all, course availability affects graduation rates. By digging into existing data, these institutions are improving student experiences and making sure something as simple as scheduling does not stand in the way of academic success.
Higher ed institutions have made significant strides in using data to understand how students and faculty succeed, even in these challenging times. Moving forward, higher ed leaders should build on this progress by creating strategic plans — backed by data — to help university systems become future-ready.