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Risks and Best Practices for Working with Student Data

IR&DS, Student Data Stewardship, and Data Governance have partnered to offer some thoughts about how to present, interpret, and distribute student information responsibly. The project was designed to introduce some of the common pitfalls that those who regularly prepare and analyze data may experience. We have compiled a list of risks and best practices for working with student data that is not intended to be exhaustive, but can be used as a starting point for conversation or simply food for thought.  To help illustrate these concepts, we also created three fictional scenarios that depict some of the ways that data might be misused or misinterpreted. You can explore the list and scenarios at Risks and Best Practices for Working With Student Data page on the SIRIS website.

Featured Announcements

We have added two new resource pages to this site to improve access to student reporting. Users can now access the most commonly used SIRIS reports through a new portal at irds.stanford.edu/siris. And we have created several short video-tutorials to guide users through the My Department dashboard. These videos and other How-To Guides can be found at irds.stanford.edu/siris/tutorials. SIRIS is a resource for Stanford staff who are authorized to use the system for business needs.

SIRIS Student Analytics is moving forward with two new releases:  census data and instruction data. Census data allow folks to look at the university’s enrollment patterns over time, while instruction data provides detailed information about who teaches our classes. The SIRIS team is also working on an improved, user-friendly interface for department users. If you are interested in learning more about these developments, please contact the SIRIS team at SIRIS-support@lists.stanford.edu.

The IDEAL Dashboard was launched in May 2019 as part of the Provost's IDEAL initiative. The dashboard was a collaborative effort between IR&DS and other campus offices and is the first public release of demographic data encompassing all of Stanford's populations: students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff. The goal of the dashboard is to provide the public and our community with more information about diversity at Stanford, to highlight differences across our populations, and to show changes over time. While the current set of data are limited in terms of the level of detail and the demographic variables displayed, we plan to continue improving and enhancing the displays over time. The dashboard can be found on the IDEAL homepage on the Our Vision website.

IR&DS DATA & FINDINGS

For an index of IR&DS reports, data tools, and reference materials, see: Data & Findings.

Announcements

Please welcome Jennifer Welden, who has joined IR&DS as a SIRIS Business Analyst. Jennifer previously worked in the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) as part of their student services team. She brings with her a vast knowledge of the systems and student services processes used across campus, with an eye for user experience. Jennifer graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 and will receive her Master's in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco in May 2020. She will be utilizing her experience working with stakeholders across campus to solicit user feedback, meet reporting needs, and grow the reporting functionality of SIRIS, along with other team projects.

Please welcome Shannon Monahan, who will be joining IR&DS as an Institutional Research Analyst. Shannon worked previously for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and brings with her a deep knowledge of the institution, technical proficiency, and years of experience in analyzing and reporting on a unique population at Stanford in support of policy review and decision-making. In 2018, Shannon was given the Inspiring Change Leadership Award by the School of Medicine in recognition of her professional abilities and commitment to the campus community. Shannon will be applying her expertise to a variety of new projects, including the development of improved reporting on graduate student financial support, and supporting the team's ongoing efforts on a range of topics.

Join us in welcoming Tallie Wetzel to IR&DS. She will be serving in the role of Assessment & Program Evaluation Analyst on the Assessment team. Her initial responsibilities will include supporting the administration, analysis and reporting on several institution-wide surveys. Prior to joining the Assessment team, Tallie worked for SRI International in the Education Division as a quantitative research analyst. Tallie brings to her position at Stanford many years of training and experience in wrangling large, complex, messy data for the purpose of better understanding problems and improving policy- and decision-making.

 

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