Access to student data now faster and more secure

As stew­ards of stu­dent aca­d­e­mic data on cam­pus, the OUR is always look­ing for ways to improve all aspects of that data. We want it to be more acces­si­ble to those who need it (sub­ject to FERPA rules, of course) as well as ben­e­fit the Uni­ver­sity in new ways, like the recently-launched Photo Class Lists.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of “UWSDB-Datastore” in the Enter­prise Data Ware­house. The EDW is a University-wide ini­tia­tive to mod­ern­ize man­age­ment, analy­sis, and report­ing for all kinds of data on cam­pus includ­ing stu­dent data. UWSDB-Datastore is a large and rich col­lec­tion of stu­dent and aca­d­e­mic pro­gram data. It will greatly increase the abil­ity of EDW to serve stu­dent data ana­lysts and report developers.

Hav­ing UWSDB-datastore avail­able through the EDW brings many improve­ments. Those that will be most evi­dent through the OUR include:

  • Faster turn-around time for reports requested
  • Greater access to the infor­ma­tion through UW NetID access, reduc­ing the need to request reports from the OUR.
  • Dis­trib­uted report devel­op­ment using com­mon data, com­mon tools, and com­mon data definitions.

The new envi­ron­ment comes with con­trols to mon­i­tor usage of the data to ensure stu­dent data is kept pri­vate and not abused. That’s an aspect of our mis­sion that we take seri­ously. We applaud the Office of Infor­ma­tion Man­age­ment for the care they’ve taken in widen­ing the avail­abil­ity of the UWSDB-Datastore through the EDW.

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