What kind of data is in SIRIS?
SIRIS is being developed as a series of staged releases. The first release, which went live in October 2015, contains information about Stanford’s academic structure and organization as well as information on individual students’ term and plan enrollment and status. Future releases will include university census counts, which will allow reporting that is consistent with official published statistics (available early 2017) and data on course offerings, enrollments, and instructors (available late 2017).
One of the main advantages of SIRIS is that data is restructured in order to allow certain types of analyses, such as point-in-time reporting, that are extremely difficult to do with existing tools. SIRIS also adds new definitions and hierarchies that make it much easier to identify and aggregate across groups (such as all professional degrees, or all graduate students in a given department). More details and examples of value-added features are given here.
There are two ways to interact with the data in SIRIS, depending on the user’s access permissions and expertise:
Dashboard: Users with Dashboard access will be able to view reports with a number of customization options. These reports provide information on Stanford’s academic structure and degrees, aggregate and trend data on degrees conferred, and student enrollment histories at both the individual level and the program/plan/subplan levels. The dashboards have been designed to be useful for many basic reporting needs, such as counts of students over time (potentially broken down by gender/URM, depending on the access limits set for the user) or popular majors at Stanford. Users do not need a high level of expertise in OBIEE in order to use the dashboards effectively.
Ad hoc: Users with Ad hoc access can construct custom queries combining the various dimensions of data that are available in SIRIS. Ad hoc users have the capability to answer very specific and involved questions, with results ranging from a high-level summary down to the records of individual students. It is thus extremely important that these users understand the rules around appropriate use of student data and how easily misinformation can result from poorly-designed (but apparently valid) queries. In order to use the ad hoc functionality to design valid queries, users need to be well-versed in the terminology of student data and the academic structure of the university.
Overview of data available in SIRIS
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