2019 University Analytics & Institutional Research

Empowering Decision Making Through Data Analytics

University Analytics & Institutional Research provides data that empowers campus decision makers, informs policy and practice, and tells the Arizona story.

Student Census Reporting Made Easy

Each year, 21 days after the start of each Fall semester, UAIR compiles the university’s student census report based on the number of enrolled students. This data includes a variety of demographic detail about the student body, as well as student outcomes such as retention and graduation rates. Campus stakeholders use this census data to track annual enrollment trends, conduct financial analysis, and make future academic and administrative planning decisions. This data is also used for benchmarking, peer analysis and rankings.

“UAIR has truly made a difference for Enrollment Management! For many years, I envied the dashboards I saw my colleagues at different institutions use for their data needs in enrollment. Today, I am the one envied for the resources I have at my fingertips thanks to UAIR’s dedicated focus on reliable and accessible data.”

Dr. Kasey Urquidez, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Dean, Undergraduate Admissions

In FY19, UAIR developed new automated reporting capabilities to provide census data the day after the census date along with a printed census report to Enrollment Management. This development is the result of two months of work ahead of the census date to ensure data accuracy in partnership with Enrollment Management. The current census reporting process is now a push button task, representing a significant achievement. 

University Data at Your Fingertips

Gaining access to university data got easier this year when UAIR completed a major upgrade to its website, featuring a modern design, layout, and user-friendly Fact Book.

The new Fact Book contains a series of interactive dashboards, powered by Tableau software. Some of the data available includes snapshots of student, staff, faculty, research and finance data.

Interactive Fact Book was rolled out in FY19 and UAIR staff are actively working on adding data points. 

UAIR Joins CIO Division for Better Alignment with Campus Needs

In January 2019, UAIR began operating under the direction of the CIO. The synergy created from this alignment has been a good fit for the university. As part of this transition, UAIR reorganized to better serve its campus customers in the areas of student and administrative data services as well as dedicated roles for customer support and communications.

Data Warehouse Enhancement Underway

UAIR is actively supporting the university Strategic Plan by taking many steps to enhance the current data warehouse and ensure that the right data is available to all campus partners at the right time. These steps include bringing in new data from various surveys and systems and making standardized institutional data more easily accessible. New, intuitive reporting tools are being implemented to deliver accurate and timely high-level data to university decision makers. Work began on this initiative in FY19 and will be completed by FY20.

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As of the fall 2018 census date, 45,217 total students were enrolled at University of Arizona, including 35,233 undergraduates and 9,984 graduate students.

"I’ve always been impressed with UAIR’s ability to work through the nuanced business processes inherent to our complex and ever-changing institution, as well as their continued effort to strive for new ways to provide data that supports the university’s mission."

Jim Florian, Associate Vice President, Institutional Analysis, Office of the Provost