Exploring Data Sources

Why do enrollment figures seem inconsistent sometimes? As with many subjects or fields, there is much more to reporting than meets the eye. The database used to track student information is very large and complex. Banner is a production/transactional database. Theoretically and practically, this means you can extract a set of data using the exact same parameters and from the exact same source within minutes and obtain two non-identical sets of data. Adding to this complexity is the fact that the same or similar information may be stored in more than one data tables. Consequently, it is possible, for what appears to be the same information, to be extracted from different sources. That too, can result in seeming discrepancies. Differences between Operational Data and Official Data Operational data are sets…
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SRSU Enrollment

The academic year starts again and departments on campus will be monitoring student enrollment. As we wait for Fall 2017 enrollment figures to be finalized, it is important to keep perspective of if and how has student enrollment changed overtime at Sul Ross. SRSU Fall Enrollment Alpine Over the last six years, total fall term enrollment has not changed significantly. Overall student enrollment has increased 1% since Fall 2010. The only classification that has experienced sustained positive growth is Master level students which have increased by 12% since Fall 2010. Between 2010 and 2012, SRSU lost 13 programs due to program cuts by THECB and the ending of associate degree programs; during this period SRSU enrollment decreased by 13%. However, since 2012 enrollment has been increasing at an average of…
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Need data?

Whether you need data for reporting, Program Reviews or planning, IR is here to help. If you already know what you need, you can use the IR Data Request Form or send an email to IR@sulross.edu. When submitting a data request is important to be specific. Here are some tips for sending a complete data request: What is the data time period? Think about whether you need the data presented by year (Calendar, Academic, Fiscal?) or by term; do you need a single time period or you need information over time? Who/what is included in the subset? If you need data regarding students, think about what subset you care about; all students, only undergraduates, only graduates, only of certain classification (e.g. freshman, seniors, etc.); only if enrolled on a given…
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Welcome to the IR Blog!

There's much to know about SRSU! Whether you're interested in numbers, how to understand the data you see, or just want to keep up with the latest news from IR, you're in the right place. The IR Blog will be a way to share data updates, insights and other news. If you would like to see a particular topic discussed or would like to share ideas for this blog, please feel free to contact IR@sulross.edu or leave a comment. Let's make sense of SRSU data together! Alejandra Villalobos Meléndez | SRSU IR Director
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