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2021 ~ Present | The partners will include the office of the provost, the office of EVP for administration and finance, OIT, GTRI, and other


The first goal of the project is to curate the large volumes of data collected by higher education institutions. The team will then develop dashboards and other tools that enable users and decision makers to analyze, understand, and act on that data. 


Issues Involved or Addressed

Universities already collect large amounts of data from students (e.g. application data, background, GPA), faculty and staff (e.g. demographics, employment, awards), infrastructure (e.g. square footage, physical plant, power usage), finance entities (e.g. budgets, pay), research operations (e.g. awards, expenditures, patents), and the registrar (e.g. courses, programs, degrees). Such data is however siloed and not available as needed in a usable way for envisioning the status of the university. The. issues involved in attempting to extract information from the data range from the regulatory and compliance (e.g. FERPA) to accuracy and consistency. The project will focus on building tools that progress from descriptive analytics (dashboard of historical data), to predictive analytics (predict future trends), and ultimately to prescriptive analytics (perform what-if analyses).

Methods and Technologies

  • Programming Languages (Python, Java, etc)
  • Visualization tools

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Analytics
  • Computational Media
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Systems Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Economics
  • Economics and International Affairs
  • Global Media and Cultures
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • International Affairs
  • International Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Public Policy
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Undergraduate standing

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Klaus 1440
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Emily Weigel
  • Biological Sciences
Didier Contis
  • Office of Information Technology
Troy Shaw
  • Institute Research & Planning
Chaouki Abdallah
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

The partners will include the office of the provost, the office of EVP for administration and finance, OIT, GTRI, and other