Wednesday, November 11, 2015

UMUC president reimagines analytics with dramatic success - Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

It’s called the Office of Analytics at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and it began with the vision of President Javier Miyares, who wanted to not only unlock the potential of institutional data across multiple areas, but turn the data into a profit for the college. “The problem is most presidents have heard the word but don’t know how to execute,” explained Miyares during a session at last week’s EDUCAUSE 2015. “We have less than 10 percent of revenue coming from the state and had a 50 percent decline in enrollments in 2012. We had to cut 60 million from the budget and fire 300 people, and that’s when we knew we had to take what we had left and invest in the priority: analytics.” Darren Catalano, the Vice President of Analytics for UMUC, says “Our approach is to demonstrate the “art of possible” to the institution,” said Catalano; “in other words, to make complex data simple.” According to Miyares, there are 5 lessons in leveraging analytics to deliver what’s possible.

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