ASR Analytics Introduces Business Intelligence Accountability Framework for Higher Education

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Institutions are struggling with reporting for IPEDS, Common Data Set, Achieving the Dream, and other accountability initiatives in higher education. ASR Analytics introduces a framework for reporting through these accountability programs while helping institutions use the data for strategic reporting and analysis. ASR Analytics' new Accountability Framework for Higher Education uses business intelligence methodologies to make a sustainable reporting foundation for decision making.

Students, parents, and the larger college or university community are demanding that institutions be more transparent about graduation rates, the admitted class profile, and the success of their alumni. In fact, the U.S. Federal Government is requiring institutions of higher education to be publicly accountable for outcomes and results.

IPEDS is continually changing to reflect this new reality, while accrediting agencies and associations are responding to the call with new accountability reporting systems, including:

  •     IPEDS
  •     Common Data Set
  •     U-CAN - University and College Accountability Network
  •     College Portrait - Voluntary System of Accountability
  •     Achieving the Dream
  •     Access to Success

With so many accountability initiatives in higher education it is becoming increasingly difficult for Institutional Research departments to keep up. Talented analysts are spending an exorbitant amount of time extracting often duplicate information from transactional systems to provide to these accountability initiatives in the proper format. Although the information produced through these initiatives is extremely valuable, it often goes unused by institutional decision makers as it is not stored in a format that makes it conducive for strategic reporting and analysis.

ASR Analytics provides a unique solution to these problems by helping institutions establish a framework for accountability reporting using business intelligence methods and best practices. The goal of the Accountability Framework for Higher Education is to provide institutions with a system that facilitates strategic reporting and analysis using the same valuable data that needs to be reported to IPEDS, Common Data Set, and other important accountability initiatives.

"We've turned accountability reporting upside down," said Graham Tracey, ASR Analytics' Director of Higher Education Services. "First, we pull the data needed by the accountability initiatives out of the student information system and optimize it for strategic reporting and analysis, only then is the data layout prepared for submission."

"It's a bit like paying yourself before paying your bills each month," said Tracey. "Why not use this valuable data for decision making before submitting it and effectively 'throwing it away'?"

With ASR Analytics' Accountability Framework for Higher Education, instead of worrying about extracting data and querying transactional systems, Institutional Researchers will be able to spend more time providing valuable insight and analysis to decision makers.

Deans, Department Heads, and Executives will also benefit through self-service strategic reporting that accurately reflects the reality that has been reported to governments, accrediting agencies, and voluntary accountability organizations.

ASR's Accountability Framework: http://www.asranalytics.com/solutions/education/accountability/

ASR's solutions for Higher Education: http://www.asranalytics.com/solutions/education/

ASR's business intelligence blog: http://www.asranalytics.com/category/blog/

About ASR Analytics, LLC
ASR Analytics LLC (ASR) provides high-end business intelligence and analytic consulting services to clients in higher education. ASR aims to provide institutional decision makers with self-service decision support tools to help them be more effective in their recruitment, retention, and accountability initiatives. To learn more about our solutions visit: http://www.asranalytics.com/.

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