December 5, 2014
It is easier to understand trends in UW student enrollment, course-taking, academic progress and degrees with new enhancements to UW Profiles, the Web-based dashboards of University data. Now you can drill down to explore trends at the major, degree or curriculum level, and display information in tabular—as well as visual—format. Also, all dashboards now provide new filters and breakdown options. Faculty and staff can log into UW Profiles to learn how to access and use the tool.
October 12, 2014
Interactive UW data dashboards enable prospective students, higher education institutions and the general public to explore UW enrollment and degree trends, and undergraduate graduation and retention rates. Called Public Profiles, it was developed by the Office of Planning & Budgeting and was released this summer. More extensive UW data dashboards, UW Profiles, have been available to the UW community since fall 2013.
October 11, 2014
Tableau, the easy-to-use and powerful data visualization tool, now runs natively on Macs. Tableau software is free to full-time students as well as faculty teaching with Tableau. Learn more.
October 10, 2014
UW colleges and departments can use three new data visualizations in the UW Business Intelligence (BI) portal to understand how many spaces are needed to accommodate the demand for each course, based on Notify.UW data. All academic units are included and information is available for the current quarter—refreshed each weekday at 6:30 a.m.—and for each quarter since winter 2013. To access the Current Course Demand, Current Notify Course Demand or Trends in Course Demand visualizations, you must have access to the Enterprise Data Warehouse and the Tableau Server.
August 4, 2014
The UW Business Intelligence (BI) Portal now includes visualizations in its searchable catalog of central reports and analytics from the University’s Enterprise Data Warehouse, enabling users to go to just one location to find the information they need. The newly added Tableau visualizations are of student data from UW Profiles, institutional dashboards created by the Office of Planning and Budgeting and UW-IT. Additional enhancements include new Knowledge Base articles and user improvements for tablet access.
June 23, 2014
Tableau 8.2, released June 19, is the first version of this easy-to-use data analysis visualization tool to run natively on the Mac. It provides faster loading and new map designs and supports high resolution images, letting you display large data sets and communicate information in a powerful way. Tableau is available at no cost to full-time students as well as faculty teaching with Tableau, and at a reduced cost for all other faculty and staff. Learn more. Also, faculty and staff can sign up for free Tableau workshops offered by UW-IT.
March 11, 2014
UW faculty and staff can sign up for two free workshops on Tableau software, the UW’s enterprise data visualization platform, and learn how data can be displayed using this powerful data visualization tool. To see the possibilities, sign up for the two-hour Tableau Hands-on Introduction workshop. Then, with that background, register for the full-day hands-on Tableau Desktop Fundamentals class to learn the basic skills of creating data visualizations, including maps and geocoding. Both are offered twice a month.
February 26, 2014
A major effort to implement a modern HR and payroll system for the University was approved by the UW Board of Regents and the state Chief Information Officer in late February, with Workday selected as the system vendor and IBM providing consulting services. Implementation work begins March 3, with an expected go-live in late December 2015 to prepare for the first payroll of 2016. The HR/Payroll Modernization initiative will produce key efficiencies, deliver better information for decision making, strengthen regulatory compliance and reduce the UW’s financial risk. All faculty and staff will eventually interact with the new system; a broad communications and outreach effort is planned.
February 10, 2014
In late February, a sampling of UW students and, for the first time, faculty will receive a survey from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) about their technology use at the UW, one of more than 250 participating universities. See an infographic of which technologies UW students use to support their academic success, based on results from the 2013 student survey, plus a benchmark report comparing technology use at UW with other institutions.
January 13, 2014
Free workshops on Tableau software, UW’s new enterprise data visualization platform, are now available for UW faculty and staff. Tableau Desktop Fundamentals is a one-day hands-on workshop for those who have purchased a Tableau Desktop license. If you are considering purchasing Tableau Desktop or are curious about the ease of creating data visualizations, the two-hour Tableau Hands-on Introduction workshop is for you. In addition, you can learn how to navigate and interpret visualizations in a two-hour workshop using UW Profiles, the Web-based dashboard for exploring basic University data.