Better data makes for a better Purdue Calumet
(NOTE: An interview with Chancellor Keon will air on the Calumet Perspectives television program at 8:30 a.m., Sunday (10/28) on NW Indiana Lake Shore Public TV (WYIN-TV/56) and at 5:30 a.m., Thursday, (11/1) on Chicago WCPX/UHF 43)
I closed my message in the previous issue (10/10) of The Bridge stating that as a campus community we must change our approach and decision-making regarding how we conduct our operations in light of budgetary shortcomings.
One way I plan to do that as Chancellor is by demanding that we generate better campus data. Better data will equip us to improve our understanding and ability to analyze our current university situation, so we can make the best possible strategic decisions to drive our future.
How we conduct our operations
From a prudent budgetary perspective, it is absolutely critical that we get our arms around all aspects of our operations, notably, revenue and expenses.
It is vital that we learn as much as we can about the various ways revenue is generated by our students in their pursuit of a Purdue education on our campus. Likewise, with some 80 percent of our campus expenses tied up in employees, learning as much as we can about workload and the teaching-enrollment dynamics in practice between faculty and students demands scrutiny.
Studying workloads, enrollment; defining metrics
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ralph Rogers is drilling through data to study faculty workloads, the past five years of enrollment per class per section, and he has assigned a committee the task of defining various metrics for each academic program. We also are identifying peer institutions and benchmarking against them.
Drilling deeper than what we traditionally have done in the past to provide us better data will enable all campus units to make better decisions about how to be more efficient, productive and cost efficient.
Thomas L. Keon