About this paper
When Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa of the University of Texas system launched his Framework for Excellence in 2011, Stephanie Bond Huie of the Office of Strategic Initiatives knew an evolutionary milestone was at hand. The action plan called for each institution in the system to set measurable goals for excellence in 2015, 2020 and 2025. Achieving that mission would require better visibility into institutional performance and transparency to the public. This paper describes two self-service, online interactive tools that resulted from this initiative: a visual business intelligence portal and a visual analytics tool for exploring and reporting data in a graphical environment.
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