Why SIRIS?

Ease of Use

The browser-based OBIEE environment provides a simple way to access and interact with the data,  including many options for customization.

Groupings and Derived Fields

As part of the restructuring that occurs as the data is loaded into SIRIS, several new fields are added which are of great practical use for many questions about students. These include:

  • Grouping of academic plans into types, e.g. “degree-granting” or “non-degree-granting”
  • Grouping of degrees into levels and types, e.g. Undergrad/Grad or Academic/Professional
  • Ethnicity groupings that meet federal reporting requirements
  • Grouping terms into years, including “Core Academic Year” and “Summer Start Year”
  • Derived fields such as social cohorts based upon an undergraduate’s first term at Stanford, counts of elapsed or enrolled terms, and more.

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).

How can I learn more?

If you have questions or would like more information after exploring the resources available on this website, please email siris-support@lists.stanford.edu.