Partnerships Between IR & IT: Coming Together for Data Projects and Improving Business Intelligence

7:30am – 9:00am  Registration and Coffee

9:00am – 9:10am  Welcome
Speaker: Mimi Royston, CIO, American International College

9:10am – 9:25am  Introduction
Speaker: Tina Finneran, VP for IR, Analytics & Consulting, Bowdoin College

9:25am -  10:05am   Bowdoin’s Merged IR  and Data Warehousing Office: From Infancy to Interactive Dashboards
Margaret Allen, BI & Data Integrity Analyst, Bowdoin College
Tina Finneran, VP for IR, Analytics & Consulting, Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College merged its Institutional Research and Data Warehousing group in 2015. Over the past three years the integrated office has built a dimensionally modeled data warehouse with internal talent. Bowdoin will share its story about building a data warehouse and how Tableau interactive dashboards have informed campus conversations.

10:05am – 10:20am  Break

10:20am – 11:00am  The Transformation of IRR at Nichols College
Kevin Brassard, CIO, Nichols College
Emily Reardon, Director of Institutional Research and Reporting, Nichols College

This session will detail the journey that Nichols College took in moving the IRR function from an “old school” spreadsheet-based reporting function to one that is fully integrated with the systems and organizational structure of the college.  The presentation will include the rationale for moving IRR into the I.T. organization, where we are now, and the direction we are heading in over the next several years. 

11:00am - 11:40am  Intentionally Building an IR/IT Collaboration from Scratch
Alison Donta-Venman, Director of Institutional Research and Strategic Decision Support, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Susan Spies, Director of Enterprise Information Systems, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute created its Office of Institutional Research and Strategic Decision Support in 2016, as part of its Strategic Plan—Elevate Impact.  From the beginning, leaders in IT and the new Director of IR knew that a successful Business Intelligence operation depended on close collaboration.  Follow WPI’s journey of strategically staffing up over the past two years and building a plan for data architecture, data visualization, and data-driven decision-making.  All while also tackling an ERP implementation!  

11:40am – 12:40pm  Lunch

12:40pm – 1:40pm  Collective Genius Session
Small groups will discuss, brainstorm and problem solve topics of interest and pressing questions. 

1:40pm - 1:55pm  Break

1:55pm - 3:05pm  Lightning Round

Doug LeBlanc, Business Intelligence Analyst, Bucknell University
Abhi Yalamanchili,  Manager of Academic Technology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Mary Zanetti, Senior Director of Institutional Research, Evaluation & Assessment, University of Massachusetts Medical School

A diverse set of schools will share experiences about their IT and IR partnerships and projects.

3:05pm - 3:30pm  Wrap-up
Mimi Royston, CIO, American International College 
Tina Finneran, VP for IR, Analytics & Consulting, Bowdoin College