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State Higher Education Executive Officers choose SAS® for data analysis and reporting

The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), the association for the chief executive officers serving statewide governing and coordinating boards of higher education, selected the SAS Enterprise Intelligence Suite for Education to support its Higher Education Policy Profile project. According to Hans P. L’Orange, Vice President for Research and Information Resources, SHEEO chose software from SAS, the leader in business intelligence, for its ability to quickly gather, analyse and report on data.

“Reliable and current information is critical to states’ efforts to sustain and improve systems of higher education,” said L’Orange. “Our goal is to provide state agencies with additional data and information to support the important decisions specific to their state needs. We hope to use SAS to gather, analyse and present information through Policy Profiles, which are tailored to each state. SAS offers the combination of data management and information presentation tools, including Web reporting, that we require.”

Policy Profiles will help political, higher education and civic leaders identify relevant needs and roles for higher education in their state, support appropriate goals and strategies, and enhance the policy infrastructure, professional capacity, and public support necessary to sustain progress over time. They will provide objective indicators to encourage interpretation and discussion.

Approximately 30 different indicators are under consideration in the following critical component areas: Enrollment, Resource Allocation, Institutional and System Productivity, and Outcomes.

Data from multiple sources will be integrated to provide an analysis of a state’s higher education environment. The Policy Profiles will draw from various data sources, incorporate SAS analytic tools and be adaptable for use in all states. The system will enable state-level predictive and descriptive modelling, forecasting and simulation to support better decision making. Routine reports and ad hoc presentations will allow a wide range of constituents to achieve a common understanding of higher-education policy issues.

“Good data and analyses are central to developing and sustaining a public agenda for higher education; an agenda that helps policymakers, institutional leadership, and the public at large focus on the changing needs and roles for higher education in society and the economy,” said L’Orange.

The SAS Enterprise Intelligence Suite for Education is a comprehensive solution tailored to meet the needs of today’s colleges and universities, including student recruitment and retention, financial intelligence, human capital management, procurement management and overall institutional effectiveness. It brings together the knowledge necessary for making informed decisions, taking higher education institutions beyond the reporting of historical data with the power of predictive analytics.