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Data Science and Analytics

The Data Science and Analytics (DSA) Department (formerly Institutional Research) enables informed decision making at SLCC by providing data, insights, and analytics for faculty, staff, administration, and students to enable institutional effectiveness and improve student academic outcomes. DSA’s mission is fulfilled by enabling data literacy, creating data products such as dashboards, research reports, algorithms, and surveys and by empowering staff and faculty to make data-informed decisions. We also work to facilitate access to data for all college staff and faculty via ad hoc requests. The department maintains the data warehouse and manages official reporting, including data submissions to USHE and IPEDS.

The Data Science and Analytics Department is composed of three teams.

  • Data Warehouse and Official Reporting: Maintains the SLCC data warehouse and oversee official reporting to USHE, IPEDS, state and federal stakeholders.
  • Business Analytics: Maintains data products and builds dashboards, reports and responds to ad-hoc data requests from internal and external stakeholders.
  • Research and Surveys: Provides quantitative and qualitative data support to facilitate college decision-making, planning and assessment.

FAQ

It depends. We can take a look at the study, the method, the sources that funded it, and its underlying assumptions and evaluate it with you to help you make a more informed decision.

The term research is extraordinarily wide-ranging. As starting point we would encourage you to visit the Teaching Insights application where you can explore your academic, instruction, and student outcome data. An instructor’s process of textbook selection generally involves formal research, as does the informal cost/benefit analysis one does when deciding what times to offer certain selections of courses, or even if the course should be offered at all. Like the College itself, we play multiple, unique roles that could likely inform the decisions you make, even if you’re not actively doing research. Confidential analyses of your teaching evaluations, assistance with peer-reviewed academic publications, surveys, focus groups, tests, quasi-experiments, forecasting, and, yes, multivariate statistical modeling and tests to help one decide how best to accomplish the vital role they play at the College.

We can help in multiple stages of the grant process, including helping you develop your hypotheses and methodology, etc, and the IRB process before the grant, to quality control, testing, and measurement during the funding-period, and then the evaluation or analysis period which completes most funded projects. Our expertise and formal training are in the process of the project, which might allow you, the substantive expert, to concentrate on content. To go about applying for a grant, visit the Grant Office.

If your supervisor and you have decided that your graduate degree will directly benefit the College, then that is certainly within the scope of DSA’s mission. These are treated on an individual basis and must be approached formally and with complete transparency.

Absolutely. From subjective interviews and qualitative projects (such as participant observations and post-modern emotive response) to empirical quantitative studies (such as pre/post tests, inferential forecasting and the modeling of complex, adaptive academic behavior). we can work with you at each step of the research process. We can help perform literature reviews, develop your hypothesis and concepts, collect data and run analyses.

No. Our role is to provide the information and research expertise used by the College in fulfilling its mission. If there is no clear benefit to Salt Lake Community College (including faculty, staff and students), DSA is unable to assist with the project.

The Institutional Review Board is a committee that evaluates research proposals to ensure that research involving human subjects or participants is carried out in an ethical manner, and in compliance with federal guidelines. Any institution that conducts research involving human participants is required to organize an IRB to oversee this research. A relationship exists between DSA and the IRB because the current chair of the IRB is the Assistant Director of Research and Surveys in DSA.