On-Demand Webinar

How Institutions are Making an Impact with Data

Leaders in Higher Education are putting an emphasis on data-driven decision making as the hallmark of effective policy.

View this webinar and hear how others in Institutional Research are using interactive reporting to turn their ever-growing databases into knowledge and action.

Discussion topics include:

  • Building a data-driven mindset in the unique culture of Higher Education
  • Visualizing data to optimize resources on campus
  • Evaluating student academic achievement against institutional goals
  • Assessing the recruitment pool to determine potential success rate in a program
  • Combining multiple data sets into one interactive dashboard for more powerful survey analysis and reporting
  • Using data in real-time at the school, program and department level to manage Graduate enrollment

We're honored to have Robert Else from Institutional Research at Santa Barbara City College, as well as the team from the School of Social Work, Graduate Management Services and the Office of Institutional Analysis (OIA) at University at Buffalo for a discussion on the role of data visualization in Institutional Research and the impact it has had on their efforts.

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About the speakers

Robert Else

Sr. Director, Institutional Assessment, Research, and Planning, Santa Barbara City College

Robert Else is the Sr. Director, Institutional Assessment, Research, and Planning at Santa Barbara City College. His primary passion has always been to increase communication, clarity, and understanding through technology and data. He is a key member of the team that has built up a core library of vizzes, he now leads the drive to create visualizations that shed more light on the various pathways students take through college, and how this knowledge can be used to help students complete their educational goals.

Leah Feroleto

Academic Information and Enrollment Analyst, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo

Leah Feroleto is the Academic Information and Enrollment Analyst for the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. With a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and over 5 years working in an academic setting, Leah has experience developing and implementing proposals for long-term comprehensive systems of valid data collection and reporting that helps enable meaningful assessment of impact of services and a wide-range of knowledge regarding research compliance; data management and reporting. Leah has a passion for promoting Higher Education and supporting its exceedingly important impact on the city of Buffalo and its surrounding communities.

Amy Gurthrie

Graduate Assistant, Office of Institutional Analysis, University at Buffalo

Amy Guthrie is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Institutional Analysis at the University at Buffalo. She creates dynamic representations of student surveys for the university website using SPSS, Access, and Tableau. Amy graduates in May 2014 with a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and aspires to work in programming and assessment for international student services and study abroad.

Troy Joseph

Senior Staff Assistant Graduate Enrollment Management Services, University at Buffalo

Troy Joseph is currently a Senior Staff Assistant in the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management Services, State University of New York, University at Buffalo. Troy creates scheduled and ad-hoc reports in Access, Excel and Tableau to accommodate data requests by various internal and external constituents of the University, to assist in strategic decision making. He has 3 years of experience working in Higher Education with data, analytic reporting and other statistical techniques. He holds a BS in Geography & Geographic Information Systems and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Using the various skills he has acquired over the years provides him the opportunity to assist his office and institution in moving forward in an evolving Enrollment Management environment.


Joe Mantione

Assistant Vice Provost, Institutional Analysis, University at Buffalo

Joe Mantione is currently the Assistant Vice Provost in Institutional Analysis at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. A veteran of 27 years in Higher Education, IT and Analytics, Joe has led efforts on a number of hosted solutions for workflow, accreditation management, survey services, web hosting, data warehousing and academic analytics. He has developed IT Strategic and transformation plans for UB’s Academic Health Center, UB’s Law School and several administrative units. He developed and implemented web strategies, including UB’s first web presence in 1992. As project lead on institutional Services and Server Consolidation he managed the reduction of infrastructure without loss of services and managed the day to day operations for the IT needs of over 1,500 employees. He has chaired university-wide committees on Active Directory, Business Intelligence, Security, Application Development, Document Imaging, Educational Technology and Knowledge Management standards. And as chief financial officer for the School of Management and manager of telecommunications he managed multimillion dollar budgets.

As an instructor Joe has taught classes in Information Architecture, Educational Technology Policy and Planning and Emerging Technology.

Having lived in Western New York his entire life Joe is keenly aware of the value of Higher Education as an economic force for change in historically industrial cities and the life changing influence an affordable college degree can have on an immigrant middle class family.

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