What kind of data is in SIRIS?
The first SIRIS release in October 2015 contained information about Stanford’s academic structure and organization as well as information on individual students’ term and plan enrollment and status. Subsequent releases integrated data on course offerings, class enrollments including cross-listings, and instructors.
The next phase brings in quarterly census counts, which provide a stable snapshot around the fourth week of each academic term. An advantage of this timing is that ones report data can then be matched to published University statistics (available in early 2019).
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 were extremely difficult to do with previous 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.
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