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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

  • ComputingAnalytics
  • ComputingComputational Media
  • ComputingComputational Science and Engineering
  • ComputingComputer Science
  • ComputingHuman-Centered Computing
  • ComputingHuman-Computer Interaction
  • EngineeringAerospace Engineering
  • EngineeringApplied Systems Engineering
  • EngineeringBioengineering
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • EngineeringMaterials Science and Engineering
  • Ivan AllenApplied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Ivan AllenDigital Media
  • Ivan AllenEconomics
  • Ivan AllenEconomics and International Affairs
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Media and Cultures
  • Ivan AllenHistory, Technology, and Society
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Ivan AllenLiterature, Media, and Communication
  • Ivan AllenPublic Policy
  • SciencesApplied Physics
  • SciencesApplied Physiology
  • SciencesBiochemistry
  • SciencesBiology
  • SciencesChemistry
  • SciencesEarth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • SciencesMathematics
  • SciencesNeuroscience
  • SciencesPhysics
  • SciencesPsychology
  • SciencesStatistics

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
Andre Goodman
  • Office of Information Technology
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