Xavier University

Bringing business analytics to academia – and increasing efficiency through measurement.

Client: Xavier University’s Office of Strategic Information Resources

May 2013

Situation

Xavier University, a premier higher education institution, sought to use SharePoint 2010 and dashboards that could be integrated with the individual sites. The goals were to: improve communications and efficiency; speed the access to information: share documents and other analytic information; and create an easy to use web-based interface. Xavier’s Office of Strategic Information Resources (IR) manages the information technology infrastructure for XU and is the key stakeholder of institutional data. Officials with the IR office identified 14 Key Performance Metrics they wished to monitor to prove the feasibility and effectiveness of a dashboard solution for Business Intelligence delivery to the Executive Board.

Those areas included:

  • Student Analytics
  • Financial Analytics
  • Faculty and Staff Analytics

Solution

  • Ascendum partnered with the Xavier team to prioritize the reporting and analytic data based on accessibility, effectiveness, and how well the data represented the broad range of business and strategic areas within the institution.
  • Ascendum finalized configuration of the SharePoint 2010 environment to allow PerformancePoint to connect to disparate data sources. This allowed Ascendum to configure and develop a series of PerformancePoint applications. The developed reports were placed in dashboards and then promoted to a navigable SharePoint site to provide Xavier a central Institutional Analytics site.

Benefits Delivered

  • The new shared business intelligence portal is creating new efficiencies and insights for leaders and stakeholders at one of the nation’s top universities.
Xavier University

“Ascendum was a great team to work with … the planning and logistics were well done and they have great expertise.”

Susana Luzuriaga,
Xavier University’s Office of Strategic Information Resources