Welcome to Cal Answers That!
This month we are highlighting our Cal Answers Student Data Super User Chelan Huddleston!
Cal Answers “Super Users” are a growing community of experts who use Cal Answers to support data driven decisions in their units. They serve as local experts on Cal Answers tool functionality and data for the faculty and staff within their units.
Read how Cal Answers Student Data Super User Chelan Huddleston uses Cal Answers in her work as the College Curriculum Analyst for the College of Letters & Science.
|How long have you been working at Berkeley?||Nearly 3 years|
|How long have you been using Cal Answers?||I have been using Cal Answers since my first week at UC Berkeley!|
|Which of the Cal Answers Student Data subject areas do you use? (Academic Planning, Student Financials, Student Curriculum, Student Applicants, Student Demographics & Outcomes)||I spend most of my time in the Student Curriculum area and have gotten to know and love all of its dashboards. I also use the Student Demographics and Outcomes area where I primarily use the Census and Degrees Earned dashboards. I also use the Undergraduate Applicants dashboard in the Student Applicants area.|
|How (and when) do you use them?||I use Cal Answers just about every day and for a wide range of tasks. For example, within the Student Curriculum area, I use Course Grade Distribution to compare student performance between courses and the Teaching Activity area to characterize who is teaching what across campus. In the Student Demographics and Outcomes area I depend on the Census and Degrees by Multiple Fields dashboards to identify patterns in student attributes across different majors.|
|What questions do you use Cal Answers to answer?||– What are the enrollment counts in a class, group of classes, or major?
– What are the most popular classes?
– What are the most popular majors now and what are the historical trends?
– Are there patterns in the courses taken by students in particular majors?
– Who teaches undergraduate classes and how has that changed over time?
|What is your favorite Cal Answers dashboard(s)?||Within the Student Curriculum area, the Curriculum Long Term Planning dashboard is a favorite. I use it to help keep tabs on course offerings and enrollments and look for emerging trends in what classes students want and need.|
|What is your favorite Cal Answers metric(s)?||That’s a bit like choosing a favorite child, but enrollment and census counts are probably the numbers I use most.|
|Do you have a Cal Answers success story to share?||In recent years there has been concern that arts and humanities are suffering some sort of broad decline in higher education. While that has been reported at peer institutions, by looking at student data from the last 30 years in Cal Answers, I was happy to report that this does not seem to be the case at Berkeley.|
|What advice do you have for anyone new to Cal Answers?||Just jump into Cal Answers and start playing around with the data! The dashboards vary quite a bit in how you use them, so the only way to learn is to dive in and get a feel for how they work.|
|Who on campus do you think would benefit from Cal Answers?||Anyone who wants or needs to use campus data to answer questions or inform their decision making.|
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Come hear “What’s New with Cal Answers – Student Data” at the Cal Assessment Network (CAN) session
Friday December 4
150 University Hall
***Edit: Check out the slides from this presentation here.
The session will cover new features available in the student data dashboards in Cal Answers, including:
- Five largest undergraduate and graduate major programs
- Freshmen and transfer graduation rates overview
- Undergraduate retention by different student characteristics
- Creating Bookmark Links for sharing Cal Answers results with colleagues
- Available Cal Answers support resources
- Cal Answers plans for 2016