News & Updates

August 2, 2017 - Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics Hosts Iron Viz 2017

Last month, the Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics (IRAA) team hosted the first Iron Viz competition. Iron Viz is a data visualization competition utilizing Tableau and modeled after "Iron Chef," a television show on the Food Network.

Contestants were randomly placed into teams and given 45 minutes to produce a single dashboard utilizing a fictitious data set. Randomized teams balanced the Tableau experience levels of attendees and encouraged interaction and peer-to-peer learning. Throughout the 45-minute competition, Alex Dixon, advanced analytics data analyst, assisted teams by sharing tips and tricks. Once time expired, each team presented their dashboard explaining one lesson learned, one dashboard feature and one insight they gained.

The winning team was comprised of Baron Wolf (Office of the Vice President for Research), ReaAnne Pearson (Office of Strategic Planning), Shelby Albers (Institutional Research) and Kathy Tharp (Advanced Analytics).

June 14, 2017 - Psychosocial Scales as Operational Predictors of Academic Success

Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics Data Scientist, Adam Lindstrom, presented his poster "Psychosocial Scales as Operational Predictors of Academic Success" at the 2017 Association for Institutional Research Forum, annually attended by thousands of institutional research professionals from around the world. This research explores the use of survey questions adapted from educational psychology research to predict the behavior of the University of Kentucky’s first-year undergraduates. Well done, Adam!