Shawnee State University Implements Tableau Software to Enhance Student Experience

University Analyzes Effectiveness, Gains Insight to Student Success

Publish Date: February 14, 2013 - 9:45am

Shawnee State University (SSU) has chosen Tableau Software to analyze data from many areas around its campus, helping students achieve academic success. The southern Ohio public university chose Tableau for its time savings, advanced geospatial features, and data blending capabilities.

“Tableau plays well with others,” said Chris Shaffer, Director of Institutional Effectiveness at SSU. “We can use many data sources, seamlessly integrating internal and external data. That ability to take a bunch of disparate data and aggregate it has made a huge difference in our analysis.”

The educational institution has begun to explore factors that contribute to successful students, analyzing trends among graduating students to create the best academic atmosphere for current and future students. “The decision to deploy Tableau was an easy one,” Shaffer explained, “We have experienced 75% time savings, and can generate reports in minutes that traditionally took days or weeks.”

Tableau’s data visualization capabilities have inspired data discovery and collaboration at SSU. Shaffer and his team are able to dig deeper, fluidly answering questions while creating visualizations in real time. “We can now view the data collaboratively, with all of the decision-makers and stakeholders through reports that weren’t possible before Tableau,” says Shaffer.

“Universities gather an incredible amount of student data and need a way to filter out the important factors to make decisions,” said Elissa Fink, Chief Marketing Officer at Tableau Software, “Tableau has enabled decision makers at SSU to visualize trends among students and gain critical insight that contributes to its students’ academic success.”

About Shawnee State University
Shawnee State University, located in Portsmouth, Ohio, is a student-focused public university offering highly personalized, accessible education. Guided by experienced faculty members who are dedicated to student success and the mission of teaching and learning, Shawnee State enrolls more than 4600 students in a growing number of bachelor’s and graduate degree programs The University is dedicated to the exploration of emerging technologies and ideas with a focus on applied research. Its programs in health and biomedicine, plastics, and gaming simulation, which was named among the top 10 such programs in the country, are recognized for academic excellence.

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