The University of Dayton (UD) is a private, Catholic research university and the largest private university in Ohio, serving over 11,000 students. Like all higher education institutions, UD is required to report hundreds of data points each year to various agencies on the demographics of students, outcome measures, financials, and more. This process is cumbersome at any school, as it requires the merging and cleaning of large volumes of data from disparate sources.
“Processing an increasing amount of data from disparate systems was pushing our human and technical capacities beyond their limits,” Jason Reinoehl, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing University of Dayton, says. “Also, we were receiving more and more requests for data analysis from all over the university — enrollment, recruiting, student engagement, housing, and finance — and we needed a faster way to fulfill all of these requests.”