We are in constant conversation with campus partners and prototyping solutions in the face of rapidly changing conditions related with COVID-19 measures. Please reach out to INFORMSU@SEATTLEU.EDU with any data or reporting needs that arise due to these precipitous changes.

Project Updates

InformSU will deploy data models on an ongoing basis through December 2020 as prioritized by InformSU project sponsors and the Executive Sponsor Committee. In order to best serve campus needs, InformSU will gladly accept enhancements to data model reporting on an ongoing basis and provide additional training opportunities as needed. Enhancements will be prioritized and approved by InformSU project sponsors based on university priorities.

Report Release Notes

DateRelease VersionReportRelease Notes
7/11/2019  1.0  Program Review  Initial release 
6/5/2019 1.1 Term Census New Features
  • On the Course Summary and Course Trends view, users can select the students’ major / program. This option should will allow users to see total registrations, credits attempted, and credits attempted by major / program.
Data Quality Improvements
  • Resolved issue with missing school, department and major / program information.
  • Resolved issue where major / program assigned to the incorrect academic level.
  • Resolved issue where full-time status was blank.
  • Made minor requested revisions to department and major program names.

New Data Elements Available

  • New Major / Program: This field, available on the Total Students Summary and Total Summary Trends pages identifies new to the university major / programs. New major / programs are as any major / program starting in the last five academic years (between the 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 academic years. Institutional Research is working with the schools and colleges to improve the accuracy of these lists.
5/14/2019 1.0 Term Census
Initial release

Data Warehouse Explained

Current Operational InformSU is in the process of being updated in order to expand reporting abilities and improve overall functionality. This need is being driven partially by the fact that our previous reporting tool, SUDDS, is no longer supported. However, the predominate driver is the ability to provide cost effective and easily consumable data directly to stakeholders to meet the dynamic needs across Seattle University.

In order to fill this need, InformSU is moving to a cloud based data warehouse service through Amazon Web Services (AWS), called Amazon Redshift. A data warehouse is a central repository of information that can be analyzed to make better informed decisions.

Data flows regularly into a data warehouse from SU systems. The current Operational InformSU only includes Colleague and retired SUDDS, but under Amazon Redshift InformSU will have the ability to expand to other SU systems, such as Canvas, Slate, etc. Amazon Redshift will act as a database in the Cloud, linking Seattle University system’s data.

An infographic of Amazon Redshift

InformSU will have enhanced access to data through Amazon Redshift. In order to provide self-service reporting, users have access to InformSU through a business intelligence tool, Microsoft’s Power BI. Power BI acts as a self-service analytics and reporting tool. Power BI enables users to create reports and analytics, schedule reports to run automatically, send reports and have dashboards with responsive designs.

InformSU MicrosoftBI Infographic