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Applying Big Data in Higher Education: A Case Study

  • ID: 2716081
  • Report
  • November 2013
  • Region: Global
  • 40 Pages
  • Cutter Consortium
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Follow the University of Kentucky’s journey to implement big data analytics to improve student outcomes, and learn how organizations of all flavors can apply similar strategies to improve their desired outcomes.

The University of Kentucky (UK) took inspiration from the social networking world, added the power of big - and fast - data systems, and created mobile applications that improve the student experience. Big data technology at UK now provides students with a real-time “academic health record” via their mobile devices, sends alerts to faculty and advisors when their intervention is necessary, and makes escalation and follow up easier. All this is changing leading the university towards providing a richer student experience.

Companies and organizations of all types - publicly-traded and privately-held, product developers and service providers, for-profit and not-for-profit, etc. - can apply UK's lessons learned in making meaningful use of an unprecedented amount of information using affordable tools and techniques to similarly improve desired outcomes.

Written in case study format, this report is an ideal conversation starter for your team. You can use it to help you develop concrete ideas about how to conceive of and design big data solutions that use mobility, workflow, in-memory analytics, and customer self-service in your organization.
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1. Introduction

2. Early Attempts and an Aha! Moment

3. The Big Pause

4. Sticky Mental Models

5. Organizing IT

6. Herding Cats

7. Eye Candy

8. Future Directions

9. We Are at a Crossroads

10. Three Big Questions

About the Authors
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