Higher Education

Educational institutions have data everywhere: from student and donor data to classes, faculty and grants. Yale University, Cornell University, the University of Oxford and hundreds of other institutions use Tableau for their institutional research initiatives:

  • Analyze student data: enrollment statistics, achievement, and demographics.
  • Target areas of the country for alumni activities and development.
  • Prepare Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and other reporting.

Check out these solutions pages for more examples of how Tableau works in the education space:

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Student Achievement
Evaluate student performance against institutional goals

It's easy to collect statistics on the average SAT scores for the incoming class, but slicing those metrics by gender, school, ethnicity, and home town is a different story. Tableau lets you break student achievement metrics down by any demographic measure. You can also set institutional targets and track how you are trending towards those targets.

This dashboard lets you explore student performance across year, gender, and College. Deans or department chairs would use this dashboard to monitor performance goals to see if the incoming classes are measuring up to university standards.

The upper visualization shows incoming students by SAT percentile and College so you can compare profiles across Colleges.

The lower view shows a distribution of SAT scores for students in the university. A reference line depicts the overall average of the whole class. The entire dashboard can be filtered by class year and gender.

Alumni Development
Measure and optimize giving patterns

Alumni donations are the financial backbone for many institutions. Giving is becoming increasingly important as state subsidies and tuition-based income dwindle each year. With Tableau you can find trends and patterns in alumni giving behavior and target the highest-opportunity regions or groups.

This dashboard helps you make decisions about who to target for alumni development. The top views shows the average donation per person compared to that person's giving capacity, both as an absolute amount (left side) and as a % of capacity (right side).

The lower left is a simple time trend depicting the average donation per person for each school in the university. The lower right view is map of the total number of alumni (size of marks) and the average giving capacity per alumnus (color) in each state.

By bringing all these analyses together in the same dashboard, you can ask very complex analytical questions. You can also filter the entire dashboard to target alumni with certain degrees or graduates of certain schools.

Space Use Analysis
See, understand and optimize the resources on your campus

Making the most out of your facilities can be a challenging multi-dimensional problem. Campus planners must balance the needs of different users while allowing for maintenance and future planning.

This view was created in minutes by connecting to existing building use data and overlaying it on top of a standard campus map. Wondering which buildings Engineering is currently using? Just click on the department name and the visualization interactively updates to show space use patterns.

Sharing this report with other planners and staff is as easy as publishing to your secure Tableau Server. Anyone can then view and interact with the visualization through a browser- no plug-in required.