Working group team members meet to discuss LionPATH data in iTwo
LionPATH has brought changes to the process of viewing student data and generating reports at Penn State. Institutional Insight (iTwo), the University’s web-based data analysis tool, allows users to easily look at and report on institutional data.
The LionPATH reporting/data warehouse team, led by Rachel Heverly, is responsible for implementing solutions to support LionPATH data reporting within iTwo and is successfully working to meet the needs of the University.
To identify gaps and needs from submitted iTwo requirements, Rachel and her team organized a working group of iTwo users comprised of various departments throughout the University. This working group, along with the LionPATH data warehouse/reporting team, has been collaborating several hours face-to-face each week since mid-January to ensure the success of iTwo LionPATH content.
Below are of a few questions about their work, and what’s helped them be successful.
What are some the items that you are currently working on?
- Data/field discovery within iTwo LionPATH subject areas. We are answering questions such as:
- What fields exist?
- What values are in these fields?
- How might I identify adult learners?
- How might I identify Schreyer Honors students?
- The group is taking reporting requirements and attempting to create reports using the iTwo LionPATH data fields. This is to identify if the necessary fields to produce results are already in subject areas as delivered out of the box, or if these fields need to be added in order to satisfy the requirement.
- The group is also identifying some of their unit’s top reports and attempting to create these reports using the iTwo LionPATH subject areas.
Why are you focusing on these items?
It is important for the users in the group to become familiar with the data fields. The LionPATH reporting/data warehouse team has prioritized the requirements that have been submitted, and these top priorities are what the group is working through to ensure the appropriate fields are/will be available in the iTwo LionPATH subject areas.
Who is involved in the working group?
- Ned Balzer—College of Liberal Arts
- Kim Baran—Office of Planning and Institutional Research
- Wes Bumbarger—College of IST
- Beth Davis—College of Agricultural Sciences
- Stefania Dearment—Penn State Harrisburg
- Bob Fogarty—Outreach and Online Education
- Mike Gilpatrick—Smeal College of Business
- Cheri Graham—Student Affairs
- Rachel Heverly—LionPATH Reporting and Data Warehouse
- Stephanie Lowenstein—LionPATH Reporting and Data Warehouse
- Nick Morosco—LionPATH Reporting and Data Warehouse, Sierra-Cedar Consultant
- Misty Patcyk—College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
- Lu Sun—Eberly College of Science
How has your experience been participating in the working group?
“As a commonwealth campus participant, not only do I find it invaluable to have direct access to Rachel and Stephanie when any questions arise, but being able to access and report out on the test data has put a lot of my initial worries regarding the transition to iTwo to rest,” commented Stefania Dearment, Penn State Harrisburg.
What have been some of the team’s top successes?
The team is still in the beginning phases of this working group, but in that short period of time, they have been able to identify gaps and needs from submitted requirements. They have also been able to share knowledge with each other helping to find new ways to report data, as well as discover the new processes that are a result of implementing LionPATH.
“This working group brings together different strengths and needs throughout the University allowing us to view a potential solution or issue in a way we may not have considered. This sharing of knowledge is always an advantage to allow us to move forward in a more productive and unified manner,” shared Stephanie Lowenstein on why the group has been so successful.
Rachel Heverly added, “The LionPATH reporting working group has been extremely beneficial. The members are raising good questions and sharing knowledge as they continue to progress through the various iTwo LionPATH subject area data fields. This group is instrumental in helping shape the new iTwo LionPATH subject areas that will be delivered to data analysts, report developers, and data consumers across the University.”