The Bucknell University Intelligence (BUI) program made great strides during the past year with the implementation of its pilot project "BUI Student Life Cycle - Phase 1". The project was sponsored by Enrollment Management and Library and Information Technology and led by a cross-functional team.
There are now over 25 key administrators trained and accessing student data in the data warehouse, including Athletics, Engineering, Arts and Sciences and Student Life administrative staff. This is being accomplished through a new open access model that looks at "student" data holistically, rather than as data silos of the "Registrar", "Admissions", and "Financial Aid" offices. For the first time at Bucknell, student data "snapshots" have been defined for point-in-time, period over period, comparative analytics on metrics such as retention rates and registration counts.
As a result of these and other pilot successes, the overall BUI Program has taken a large step forward. At a program level, there are also several parallel efforts underway in order to realize our long-term outcomes. One of these includes a BUI "author" working group that shares and grows analytics best practices across offices through regular working meetings. Another is a focused effort to document and define our BUI data elements in a data dictionary. This dictionary, called the "BUI Data Cookbook" will be actively assessed by data stewards and proactively researched by consumers and authors of BUI information as they ask and answer analytics questions. In addition, since October, two Library and Information Technology positions (reallocated) and part of one additional IR staff member have been hired and charged with an increased focus on the BUI program and helping to grow and support the effort.
The BUI Student Life Cycle - Phase 2 project began in June 2013 and will re-envision Registrar analytics including moving all office analytics to Cognos, further expanding the scope of available data in the warehouse and considering strategic questions beyond retention.
Bucknell continues to be on the forefront of using GIS in an academic setting. Our next frontier is the development and deployment of one or more web map applications to support interesting research and teaching projects that use GIS.
The requirements analysis for a replacement telephone system has concluded. The telephony consultants conducted on-site interviews as part of a needs assessment. The consultants also evaluated our network infrastructure and facilities. Their final report was provided in early spring 2013. The target date to have the new system installed is by summer 2014.
Library and IT's Digital Scholarship Center, located on the main level of the library, had its grand opening in February 2014. The Center is a public-facing space dedicated to digital collaboration, innovation, teaching and research. It provides a comfortable and accessible space where members of the Bucknell community can collaborate on digital work, learn more about the best methods for employing technological tools in scholarly applications, and discover and experiment with emerging technologies.
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