Registrars and admissions officers gathered last week at the annual PACRAO conference in Las Vegas, NV and we were fortunate to be able to deliver a presentation around using technology to better report, forecast, and analyze admissions and enrollment numbers.
You can download the presentation here.
While we were there, we picked up on some major themes that we thought would be valuable to share:
1. The need for a single “system of record” for admissions and enrollment numbers
There was quite a bit of discussion about not only consolidating data from multiple sources so that there was a single set of information but how to share and collaborate around that data. Our FAST reporting and analytics software provides the single view into the data as well as makes it easy to share on a scheduled basis.
2. Think about competencies and skills vs. job titles when building your organization
Rather than staffing for a role or job description, think about the skills and competencies needed to perform the job well as a starting point. Once defined, then seek out candidates with those skills or develop put a plan in place to develop them in existing staff members.
3. Systems should support workflow
Take a look at how you are doing your work and where current systems are creating extra steps or inefficiencies. Rather than focus on data entry, spend time looking into what the data tells you – trends, comparisons, and insights. Our FAST reporting and analytics software enables this by accessing existing data in your administrative system and providing pre-configured views so you can “look beyond the numbers.”