Institutional Research

Use the full power of data and analytics. Gain insights you can act on. Meet strategic goals.

How SAS® Enables Institutional Researchers to Surface Deeper Insights

Quickly bring together disparate data from across the institution. Increase efficiency in analyzing data and identifying trends. Infuse your analyses with powerful analytics to rapidly reveal insights. Benefit from SAS’ proven track record and industry expertise to help drive modernization and a culture of analytics.

Data management

  • Quickly and easily connect to and govern the data you need, wherever it resides.
  • Transform data to gain an accurate and comprehensive view of your institution.
  • Ensure consistency over time by improving the quality and reliability of data.

Institutional insights

  • Access insight-rich data to uncover trends and patterns that would otherwise be missed.
  • Identify factors that determine academic quality, preparedness and – ultimately – success.
  • Automate the development and delivery of a variety of reports.

Operational efficiencies

  • Improve how data is consumed and utilized to make operational decisions.
  • Automate ad hoc reporting and analysis requests.
  • Increase the impact of data, reporting and analytics to support strategic decision making across the institution.

Immediate value

  • Draw on our industry expertise from four decades of working with institutional research teams.
  • Benefit from our modular offerings, knowledge sharing, best practices and support to get your team up to speed quickly.
  • Spend less time looking for information and more time putting your insights into action.
  • Choose from a complete range of cloud offerings designed and managed by SAS for optimal efficiency.  

Why do institutional researchers choose SAS?

SAS has a demonstrated history of delivering analytic solutions to attract the right students, maximize retention and sustain strong relationships throughout the student life cycle. Embed analytics to make it part of the institutional culture. And increase confidence in data used for decision making, institutional planning or policy formulation.

Strengthen enrollment management

Focus efforts and resources to identify, recruit, enroll, retain and graduate a student body in accordance with your institution's mission and goals.

Forecast enrollment

Accurately project student enrollment to proactively plan for institutional demand, such as classroom needs, instructor availability and staffing requirements.

Optimize financial aid

Ensure financial aid commitments and strategies meet enrollment and financial goals.

Improve student outcomes

Proactively retain struggling students by identifying resources or interventions to help them continue with their education.

Analyze impact

Perform simulation and scenario analyses to determine potential impacts of policy decisions on students and the institution.

Customer Success in Higher Education

Working Smarter With SAS®

  • Achieving better student outcomes and million-dollar savings

    SAS helped the University of North Texas transform into an analytics culture with a strong data focus, which provides the foundation for student and university success.

  • Attracting students and ensuring degree progression and completion

    Sinclair Community College uses interactive data analytics from SAS to increase enrollment numbers by better understanding student registration, success and outcomes.

  • Advancing student success through better data analysis

    Des Moines Area Community College uses SAS analytics and data visualization to help students prosper in the classroom and beyond.

  • Collecting, analyzing and reporting on a complex mix of data to help ensure student success

    Western Kentucky University uses data visualization and advanced analytics to make informed decisions relating to students, faculty, programs and courses.

  • Achieving academic and operational excellence through business intelligence

    Curtin University used SAS to develop a sophisticated data analytics and reporting environment that enables the institution to publish more than 20 self-service reports for an internal audience, ranging from intern to chancellor.

  • Championing the value of analytics for all

    SAS helped Oklahoma State become a model of institutional research by transforming the way it delivers information through the use of advanced analytics and predictive modeling.

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