Vice Chancellor Stephanie Bond Huie announced selection of Dr. David Troutman as Director for the Office of Strategic Initiatives on October 1, 2013.
Dr. Troutman has worked for UT System Administration since February of 2013, serving as the Assistant Director. Directly prior to joining UTS, he worked for the University of Texas at Austin for 6 years — first in the Registrar’s Office as a Program Manager and then for Information Management Analysis as Associate Director of Research.
He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, with specialization in Statistics and Research Methods, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also earned an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, with specialization in Secondary Data Analysis. Dr. Troutman has more than 13 years’ experience in the area of analyzing, integrating, and clearly communicating complex ideas at the conceptual, strategic and tactical levels. He possesses knowledge and understanding of national and state trends in data collection and use, accountability and transparency, and strategic planning.
The largest gathering of Fortune 500 business executives leading big data and data visualization initiatives took place in Boston on September 12th and 13th for the Big Data Innovation and Data Visualization Summits where UT System’s own Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Stephanie Huie participated on an expert panel and provided a presentation called “From Static Reports to Visualizations: Cultivating a Data Culture”.
At the Data Visualization Summit, with clever tagline “Data in. Decisions Out.”, she shared that “cultivating a data culture at UT System has been our journey to move beyond the printed report, to pull the data off the page and bring it to life. Through analytics and visualizations, data has become more than just a reporting tool to evaluate outcomes and to answer What happened?” She went on to explain that “data combined with the right tools can lead to explanations and discovery—it can answer the Why?” And from that, points of change and intervention can be developed to move the needle on those outcomes. (What now?)
In illustrating the use of data, visualizations on time to Ph.D. and graduates’ employment outcomes were included which is a timely reminder for you to watch for upcoming blog posts, data releases and tweets announcing the results of this project and partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission on the first through fifth year salaries of students who graduated from UT institutions separated by field of study and more.
Click here to see the full “Cultivating a Data Culture” presentation which includes:
- The Evolution of Data Storage, Delivery, & Use
- Using Data: Peer Selection, Benchmarking & Goal-Setting
- Using Data: Informing Policy-Making
- Using Data: Best Practices
- Cultivating a Data Culture: Lessons Learned
We’re excited to announce that the first results of the UT System agreement with Texas Workforce Commission for a data exchange are in! This data exchange has allowed us to begin looking at the post-graduation employment and wages of UT students. This data, combined with new data from the national Student Tracker database, is going to provide an incredible wealth of information about student success.
As far as we know, this will be the first such project that has such breadth and scope, and we think there is certainly potential for it to become a national model
The first results are the 2012 wages in Texas based on the level of degrees held by UT System graduates in comparison to the median income of all Texans. What a tremendous return on investment!
Click here to see a pdf of the results.
This data exchange with Texas Workforce Commission is a tremendous opportunity.
What would you like to see next?
You’ll remember in January, Stephanie Bond Huie became the fearless leader (a.k.a. Interim Vice Chancellor) of the UT System Office of Strategic Initiatives. We’re thrilled to announced that as of July 2013, she has been officially named Vice Chancellor. Her role is critical in the Chancellor’s Framework for Advancing Excellence as she oversees the team who collects, processes and reports the data that is required to measure progress in the Framework’s nine major focus areas. The purpose of the Framework is to address the challenges and opportunities of higher education in the 21st century. Just prior to being named Vice Chancellor, Dr. Huie was appointed to chair a national advisory committee at the National Association of System Heads and accepted the SAS Excellence in Education award on behalf of UT System and her Strategic Initiatives team. In light of this great news, please take a moment to learn more about Dr. Huie, the data on the Productivity Dashboard, and the Explore More tool, available online and through an iPad app. Explore More includes visualizations for Research Expenditures, Tuition and Fees, Student Debt, Graduation Rates, and Revenue Trends.
We’ve been getting out. Out of the office and out of Austin. Staff members have been presenting at conferences, discussing research, as well as sharing how our productivity dashboard has evolved.
Most recently, there were three presentations given at the 2013 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) conference.
We’ll continue adding to these, so come See What We’ve Been Presenting.
The end of this summer marks two years of blogging about the dashboard/VA project and we thought it would be interesting to quantify the metrics, response to communications efforts, and user data and present it to you in a new visual format.
We learned that our dashboard/VA users live in thirty two countries around the globe and that the release of data on graduation rates caused the highest response rate from users. In the metrics section of this graphic, you will see a list of the 2013 summer months that highlights what new data you can expect, when it will be available online, and the fact that we are working to expand the “views” of data.
We look forward to sharing more infographics soon of specific data sets from the UT System dashboard and iPad accessible Visual Analytics interactive reports. If you have not had a chance to visit the wealth of information available at your fingertips, join our users on all seven continents by clicking here now.
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to install the SAS Mobile BI App on your iPad and connect to the UT System library. If not, click here to visit the UT System YouTube channel for video instructions.
The newest video is now available so you can enjoy a quick overview of how to navigate and understand VA reports at:
Did you know that the average debt per student borrower graduating with a bachelor’s degree is less than the average cost of a new car purchased in the U.S.? Visit the latest data on “student debt” to learn more.
The technology transfer report has rich information on commercialization advancements including UT Austin’s 40 U.S. patents issued in FY 2011 and UT El Paso’s 19 startup companies formed over the last 4 years.
Stay tuned to this blog for the latest financial aid data and a HUGE announcement regarding education outcomes based on career compensation!