Welcome to the University of the District of Columbia Blackboard Analytics Web Portal! Blackboard Analytics is the new reporting tool used by the Office of Institutional Research and all other business units within the university who have reporting functions. The reporting tools draw the data directly from Banner and allow the user to create ad hoc and internal reports, and analytical reports.
The links for the reporting tools do require secure access and authentication, and you will need your UDC logon ID and password to enter (your logon ID is preceded by "Firebirds\"). If you are a person with reporting functions in your unit and you do not have access, please notify the Office of Institutional Research.
|What is Blackboard Analytics at UDC?|
Currently, we have purchased only the Student Module, and are in the process of acquiring the Financial Aid Module
|What kinds of reporting tools are there in Blackboard Analytics?|
Has three different kinds of reporting tools
Each of these web-based tools has online documentation and help within the application, but we also have technical support available if needed.
Under normal circumstances, Operational Reports are to be run by individual business units; Analytic and Strategic ones are to be run by Institutional Research. This does not prevent anyone with a reporting function, in the business units or in IR, to run reports that goes beyond the stated scheme; but, please do note the FAQs on official dissemination.
In other words, the reporting scheme has been worked out so that the different units may carry out their necessary daily activities, for managers to troubleshoot, and for senior executives to have enhanced data-driven decision-making capacities.
|What kinds of reports can be produced?|
There are two types of basic reports in Blackboard Analytics, in each of the reporting tools mentioned before
Canned reports (pre-determined dimensions and cubes) that address a range of needs for key business units – from basic day-to-day operations to strategic planning; these were created with input from the business units
Ad-hoc reports, that creates a completely different report from scratch using a "structure" that is currently not available in the canned reports. These would address atypical questions and issues and are usually a very small fraction of all reports combined (particularly given the modifiability of the existing canned reports in Blackboard Analytics).
|What are the Institutional Research roles and responsibilities in connection with reporting functions?|
The Office of Institutional Research is the only official source of all reports; all reports requests and issues identified need to be brought to the attention of the Office of Institutional Research
The Office of Institutional Research fulfills requests for reports – periodic or those without time-bound patterns – for both internal and external units and agencies; it also maintains a wealth of data reports and related information on its web pages. For requesting ad-hoc or customized reports, please visit the IR Data Center before making a request, on the Data Request Form, and once the request is fulfilled, please help IR track service improvements by completing the Customer Satisfaction Survey.
The Office of Institutional Research will be organizing periodic educational sessions on Blackboard Analytics – to provide model overviews, training, and share related information.
|Data Infrastructure Diagrammatic Representation|
1 Functional Units consist of Marketing, Admissions and Enrollment Management, Financial Aid,
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Here are a few FAQs that may be helpful:
Question: Who publishes official data for the University of the District of Columbia?
Question: May I still do my own internal data and analysis for operational purposes?
Question: May I send out those analyses to external agencies (or even to other business/functional units within the university)?
Question: What if I wanted to share internal data to university and external constituencies and have it counted as "official"?
This page will evolve and will be edited based on comments from you. Please send your comments to:
Office of Institutional Research The University of the District of Columbia