AACRAO 2017: Planning and Forecasting Enrollments

A challenge facing higher education institutions is looking into the future and properly forecasting enrollments. However, finding a unified solution is closer than you think.  

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Session Highlights & Trends from EDUCAUSE

Our team had such a great time at EDUCAUSE last week. It was fun to connect with current and future partners and clients, and see what’s new and trending in higher ed IT.

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EACUBO 2017 - Bridging Challenge and Opportunity

Hi everyone! My colleague Peter Stafsudd and I recently had the pleasure of attending the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. EACUBO is a regional associate of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and consists of financial and administrative leaders who are given the large task of working behind the scenes in support of the institution's academic mission. The twice-a-year conference gives them a chance to join with their regional counterparts in professional development, networking, and the sharing of learned experience.

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Q&A with Justin Sloan: Evidence-Based Decision Making at St. Edward’s University

Institutional analytics presents big opportunities around campus. From measuring and improving student success to financial sustainability, it’s crucial to access, understand and act on all available data at the institutional level.

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UNC Cause 2017 – Building Tomorrow’s IT, Today & LEGOS

Last week, my colleague Bret Dennis and I had the opportunity to represent HelioCampus at UNC CAUSE in Greenville, NC. As first-time attendees, we didn't know what to expect. After spending two days learning from and building relationships with IT professionals across the University of North Carolina System, it was time well spent!

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Southern Hospitality: Reflections on the Georgia Summit

At the end of September, Bret Dennis and I were fortunate to talk with numerous individuals from the University System of Georgia campuses. The event, hosted in Atlanta, was a mix of work and fun. You could easily see the Mercedes-Benz stadium, CNN Atlanta, and Centennial Olympic Park. We were even able to test our athleticism at the College Football Hall of Fame!

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Tableau Public Visualization Makeover: US Tuition Trends

Hi! I’m Renee Teate, one of the Data Scientists at HelioCampus. In order to practice thinking through the types of decisions that I often need to make when presenting data visually, I thought I’d give Tableau’s “Makeover Monday” challenge a try, and share my choices with you here on the HelioCampus blog! I searched through the available datasets, and found one that is relevant to higher ed, called “Average Tuition in the United States” (see May 2016).

This is the original data visualization example presented to be made over:

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Two of my favorite things, Fall & EDUCAUSE

It’s October and at HelioCampus, we’re excited about the upcoming EDUCAUSE conference. Why are we so excited? Well, we are thrilled to be involved with two different panels, along with forward thinking leaders in higher education, to discuss institutional & business analytics, structured and unstructured data, and improving the student experience. Come and hear insights from our awesome panel of institutions including UNC General Administration, St. Edward’s University, Ithaca College, UMass Lowell, University of Kentucky and UNLV. If you are planning to attend EDUCAUSE, we hope you’ll swing by one, or both, of our sessions, or come visit us at Booth 1052.  

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Achieving the Dream: 2017 Data & Analytics Summit

Last week we had the opportunity to attend Achieving the Dream: 2017 Data and Analytics Summit hosted at The Hotel at University of Maryland. The conference was geared towards providing attendees insight into different analytical processes and sharing best practices between the various colleges present. The major themes included: moving the needle on completion percentages, improving transfer outcomes by using National Clearing House data, and the overall need for data analytics/literacy/ science program offerings to help close the employment gap in the field.

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Three Barriers to Using Data Effectively

At HelioCampus, we have identified three main barriers to using data effectively, and have ideas on how to solve them. 

Challenge 1: Data Silos
Higher education institutions have lots of data from across a multitude of systems, including admissions, enrollment, student success and financial. However, it often lives in silos and cannot be easily accessed by stakeholders from across the university. How can you make data driven decisions without the full picture?

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