Senior Financial Analyst, Dean’s Office, College of Engineering
How many years have you been at Berkeley?
Two and a half.
How many years have you been using Cal Answers?
Two and a half.
Which Cal Answers Dashboards do you use?
- Student Applicants
- Student Demographics and Outcomes (SDO)
- Student Financials
How (and when) do you use them?
We use Cal Answers data such as Enrollment, Applicants by Applied/Admitted/SIRed (statement of intent to register), and SDO: Degrees Earned for annual surveys. CoE is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, a non-profit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering. Engineering Workforce Commission (EWC) is another organization which collects data that is used to predict the flow of new engineering professionals, including the participation rates of women and minorities. We also participate in US News ranking surveys. The EWC tracks the entire engineering student population in U.S. colleges and universities with ABET-accredited engineering programs.
What questions do you use Cal Answers to answer?
- How many applicants applied, admitted, and have statement of intent to register in CoE by department?
- What is the enrollment number by educational level/gender/URM for CoE or each department?
- What are the graduation rates by gender/ethnicity for the whole college and then by department?
- What is the number of PELL recipients for a specific semester?
What is your favorite Cal Answers dashboard(s)?
Student Demographic and Outcomes. You can filter on the college level and compare it to data for the entire university and it is displayed in graphs.
What is your favorite Cal Answers metric(s)?
Student Applicants: Undergraduate Applicants (Applicants /Admitted/SIRed-Statement of Intent to Register). You can see all 3 data points in a table along with a graph on one screen which makes it easier to analyze.
Do you have a Cal Answers success story to share?
I compile all data for Undergraduate Student Instructors for the Electrical Eng and Computer Science (EECS) department. To expedite the process I use Cal Answers. This process used to take several weeks, if not a months, to compile and now it only takes a few hours.
What advice do you have for anyone new to Cal Answers?
Cal Answers is a user-friendly tool which can be used for making important decisions. I recommend exploring Cal Answers and how the information in it can be used to support decision making in your college.
Who on campus do you think would benefit from Cal Answers?
Any department that is dealing with analysis of student data.
Resources from Cal Answers:
1.) Learn how to create and share bookmark links
Do you want to save your Cal Answers dashboard page with your filter settings and customization? You can save your page, create, and share a direct link to a Cal Answers dashboard page using bookmark links. Visit the Cal Answers website to learn how to create and share bookmarked links.
2.) New Cal Answers Reports: Graduation, Retention and Time to Degree by Multiple Fields
We’re excited to announce three new dashboard reports in the Student Demographics and Outcomes subject area. These dashboards make it easier to compare student data, find answers to questions about student graduation and retention rates, and see trends. Read more about the new dashboard reports and watch the new video on Determining Undergraduate Time to Degree.