UT System has been a leader in accountability and transparency, and now we are taking the next step in our efforts to increase transparency; measure more effectively our productivity, efficiency, and impact; and demonstrate more clearly our accountability.
The Dashboard is a business intelligence system that includes web-based applications for extracting and analyzing institutional data. Its purpose is to provide current data, trends over time, and comparative benchmarking across a variety of metrics in support of better decision- and policy-making.
As we complete the build out of our data warehouse, we will be adding new content to the Dashboard. We will be adding more data, more metrics, and more levels of drill through as appropriate. We will also be adding links to additional analysis and related external white papers and reports.
Ready to dive right into the data? Click on the Core Indicators tab above. Or see the following FAQ for more information.
As we receive additional questions and information, we will update the FAQ.
The technical answer: the Dashboard is a business intelligence system, a suite of web-based applications including an information delivery portal and reporting application. In layman's terms: The Dashboard is a tool for viewing, exploring, and sharing data related to the performance across all mission areas of UT System and UT System institutions.
The dashboard has a number of interrelated purposes.
There were a number of driving factors that finally led up to the Dashboard project. In the office of strategic initiatives, which houses the institutional research function for the System, there was a desire to streamline and automate our data collection and distribution process in order to free up more time for research and analysis. This was accompanied by calls for increased transparency and accountability, calls to demonstrate productivity, efficiency, and impact. At the same time, there were significant increases in requests from internal and external constituents for more data.This reached critical mass with the announcement of the Chancellor's Framework for Advancing Excellence and the accompanying action plan.
At the May 2011 meeting of The UT System Board of Regents, Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa presented his Framework for Advancing Excellence for the University of Texas System. In August, the Chancellor announced the action plan to accompany the Framework. The UT System Productivity Dashboard will support the Chancellor's Framework for Excellence by providing an accessible, customizable tool for monitoring institutional performance and progress towards goals related to the nine areas in the action plan. The action plan also prioritized the creation of an interactive data warehouse that would support the management of the UT System and its institutions.
In Phase 1 of the Dashboard project, the focus is on 10 Core Indicators, metrics that cut across all mission areas and provide a high level overview of System performance. Those 10 Core Indicators are:
The Dashboard provides a most recent year view of the data, while clicking into the online reports shows trends over time and allows the user to dig deeper into the data.
UT System is currently working on an aggressive timeline to add additional data displays and features for the public. Expect to find new and/or updated information periodically throughout the year, so check back often. This Dashboard Expansion Overview provides some idea of the scope and direction of Dashboard project.
Many industries, including higher education, use business intelligence systems as a management tool. What makes the UT System Productivity Dashboard different? The data will be available to the public for viewing, exploring, downloading, and analyzing. The UT System is setting a national standard for institutional data transparency.
Yes, you can do this within the Dashboard itself or on your own computer. We have provided a set of User Tips with a basic overview of how to use the web-based features of the Dashboard and instructions on how to export the data to an Excel file to your personal computer for analysis.