What’s Qualtrics?

In January 2017 Qualtrics became available to all faculty, staff and students at Sul Ross. But wait…what’s Qualtrics? Qualtrics is a user-friendly web-based survey tool to conduct research, evaluations and to other qualitative data collection activities. Features Faculty, staff, students can use it at no cost No need to install software Point-and-click interface Over 85 question types Ability to upload graphics and multimedia content in your surveys Built-in dynamic reporting tools Ability to export data directly to SPSS, CSV, PDF, MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power Point Free online training webinars from Qualtrics Live support from Qualtrics staff There are many traditional and innovative ways to use Qualtrics, here are some examples of how faculty, staff and students may use Qualtrics. Faculty Academic Research Class Quizzes Classroom Learning Course…
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#CountAllStudents – What is the Student Achievement Measure?

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) is an organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and by the Carnegie Corporation. The organization collects voluntary reporting from the majority of U.S. colleges and universities in an effort to provide a wider understanding of student progress towards degree completion. Typically graduation rates are calculated for first-time in college, full-time students. This leaves transfer and part-time student outcomes unaccounted for. When comparing completion outcomes among institutions, this narrow definition can distort understanding if the student populations served are significantly different. An institution serving non-traditional students is disadvantaged because the outcomes of most of its students are not counted. A study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than one in five graduates complete their degree at an institution different…
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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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