UCISA has today published The truth about data and analytics. This report is the result of a recent workshop of practitioners in this field who were prepared to share the truth about the challenges and the way of advancing data and analytics relevant to the HE sector. The workshop was hosted by UCISA and facilitated by Sero HE, a digital technology consultancy focused on the HE sector.
This report is written primarily for those with responsibility for data analytics in higher education institutions. It focuses on issues currently being experienced by institutions and provides a set of pointers for best practice identified from real world cases. It is written in a concise, practical style to provide an easily digestible thought piece, rather than an exhaustive study.
Peter Tinson, UCISA Executive Director commented “Many institutions now recognize that data is a critical asset; quality data is instrumental in facilitating student engagement, in planning and decision making, and in reporting on key performance indicators. The report is timely in that it highlights that this is not just an IT issue and cannot be tackled piecemeal – a coordinated approach and strong institutional leadership is needed”.
Sero HE Managing Director, Liz Wallis, commented: “We hope that this report is of practical use to colleagues in the sector involved in developing data analytic services and we are extremely grateful to those colleagues who have shared their experiences and insights in the report.”
The report includes case studies from three higher education institutions, plus insights from the further education sector and overseas.
The report is now available in the UCISA publications library.