As we explored earlier in this article series, "Separate Evolution of Two Systems" and "The Impact of Data on Student Success," disconnects between the two sides of campus computing, academic and administrative, can impact impact efforts to monitor and improve student success. And institutions today face mounting pressure to choose from a variety of solutions that help to mitigate or minimize this disconnect (see, "Possible Solutions"). Short of undertaking massive efforts to consolidate and centralize data systems for institutions, what is the best way to bridge the gap between existing systems in order to minimize negative impact?
Here are a few strategies that can help institutions maximize resources while reducing the impact of the divide between academic and administrative systems:
There may never be a reason to integrate all systems on campus into a unified whole; however, institutions should strive to bridge the gap between their systems. Modern apps will work better when not restricted to a siloed view of student data. Institutions that focus on approaches to maintain a holistic picture of students on campus will benefit from increased student satisfaction and institutional efficiency.