An Analytics Readiness Checklist for Higher Education

Higher Education

The­se days it seems every­one is ready to jump into the ocean of pre­dic­tive ana­lyt­ics whether they know how to swim or not.  Insti­tu­tions are rec­og­niz­ing that data ana­lyt­ics is a pow­er­ful tool to address today’s high­er edu­ca­tion chal­lenges, but few are will­ing to invest in ana­lyt­ics cor­rect­ly.  To help you deter­mine your institution’s readi­ness for pre­dic­tive ana­lyt­ics — and to help focus your institution’s invest­ments toward effi­cien­cy and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty — I’ve devel­oped a check­list that any­one can com­plete in less than two min­utes.  Down­load it for free!

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Before you sign off on that bud­get item for that piece of ana­lyt­ics soft­ware, chal­lenge your­self to check off all areas of the Ana­lyt­ics Readi­ness Check­list, a sim­ple assess­ment any­one can com­plete to deter­mine whether an insti­tu­tion is ready for an invest­ment in ana­lyt­ics.

Why you need to complete this checklist

Almost every sin­gle case study I pre­sent­ed in Data Sci­ence in High­er Edu­ca­tion involved the mis­man­age­ment, mis­con­fig­u­ra­tion, or mis­un­der­stand­ing of some pre­dic­tive ana­lyt­ics sys­tem that an insti­tu­tion spent mon­ey on.  100% of the time the­se frus­tra­tions are the result of the Gold­en Rule of Strate­gic Plan­ning:  if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Per­haps you can think of a few times your insti­tu­tion invest­ed in soft­ware only to have it sit around for months — years, even! — col­lect­ing prover­bial dust.

This check­list is designed to focus your efforts on where you can achieve the great­est impact.  Data ana­lyt­ics is not a one-size fits all solu­tion in any respect;  it takes pro­fes­sion­al ana­lysts time and ener­gy to use analy­sis tools in form­ing intel­li­gence.  We must com­mit to invest­ing in data ana­lyt­ics the right way, step-by-step, to avoid wast­ing mon­ey on soft­ware or ser­vices before we’re able to use them cor­rect­ly.

The fol­low­ing check­list will help you plan out your long-term abil­i­ty to deploy, sup­port, and sus­tain the ana­lyt­ics efforts at your insti­tu­tion.  It has been writ­ten to fol­low my Three P’s of Prop­er Plan­ning: Peo­ple firstthen Process­es, then Prod­ucts

Pro­duct: The Ana­lyt­ics Readi­ness Check­list for High­er Edu­ca­tion
File type: PDF
Price: Free!

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