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Academic Analytics (AA) at CU-Boulder

Introduction to Academic Analytics (AA) at CU-Boulder - with information for users and examples of use. Read this first! (PDF)

CU-Boulder Recent and Planned Use of Academic Analytics (summary of activity 2014-2015), April 11, 2015 presentation at AAU data exchange (AAUDE) annual meeting (PDF)

Tableau tool for Sankey diagrams of flow between CU-Boulder departments, PhD programs, and research institutes, for CU-Boulder faculty in the Academic Analytics 2013 release. DRAFT 4/9/2015, no documentation, comments welcome!

Diagrams visualizing what Academic Analytics does, and how CU-Boulder’s submission (lists of people, departments, PhD programs, and affiliations with disciplines) fits in. (PDF)

Matrix of Measures, draft, January 2015 (PDF, posted 4/2015)

Update, March 2015, (PDF - 3/31/15)

Update, September 2014 (Powerpoint - 8/28/14)

8/2014 account of how the U of Colorado Boulder will be represented in the Academic Analytics (AA) 2013 release – units and PhD programs, with AA unit type and ID numbers, and with UCB characteristics such as whether it’s a tenure home.

Update, Jan 2014 (1-8-2014)

Overview, Sept 2013 (9-4-2013)

In March 2013 CU-Boulder extended its contract with Academic Analytics to include releases based on faculty as of November 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Lou McClelland of CU-Boulder Planning, Budget and Analysis – Institutional Research remains a member of the Academic Analytics advisory board and will be working with schools and colleges, departments, academic review, Faculty Affairs, and others on using Academic Analytics data.

Non-disclosure conditions

Access to the UCB-Academic Analytics data will be granted only to individuals who complete and submit a non-disclosure agreement.  Conditions of our license with Academic Analytics stipulate that

  • We will use AA data for internal analysis and decision making, to assist in the evaluation of departments and doctoral programs and to measure and compare faculty scholarship within CU-Boulder and amongst peers.
  • Content – AA both methods and results -- may only be distributed to and used by CU-Boulder employees, contractors and consultants (including members of the Board of Regents and Academic Review and Planning reviewers) who have a professional need or interest in using such Content for the purposes outlined above.
  • NO SCHOOLS other than CU-Boulder may be mentioned by name in discussing or presenting any results that may become public!!!
    • This is CRITICAL and must be made clear to external reviewers and all internal users. We cannot say something like “University of ABCDE is first in fisheries sciences” in a document or discussion or presentation that may be covered by the press and made public.
  • Public websites or external promotional communications of any kind referencing Academic Analytics data must be approved in advance by CU-Boulder’s authorized representative (Planning, Budget and Analysis) and by an authorized representative of Academic Analytics.
  • Every presentation or display of the Content or data derived from the Content must reference Academic Analytics as the source by stating “Fundamental data provided by Academic Analytics.”

Fall 2012 Comparisons, CU-Boulder departments to others nationwide

Overview of process, products, reactions – no password required.  Updated 9/2014 to reflect current thinking on process and methods.

Website -- for reference only -- with Academic Analytics 2010 database. Posted November 2012. Password-protected; methods and data are not public. Both are now obsolete.  Used in  CU-Boulder self-studies for Academic Review and Planning reviews, fall 2012, social science units (final reports). A single index created by CU-Boulder was used in the first campus report on Academic Prioritization. Website has not and will not be updated with more recent data and methods.

Academic Analytics corporate site:

Last revision 08/28/15

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