IRE Course Catalog

Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) offers data and survey-related training throughout the year. Below you will find descriptions of the current training sessions we offer as well as the schedule of trainings, as we schedule them. If you would like to attend a specific training email IRE or complete an IRE work request to schedule a training session.

Data 101/Introduction to Cognos: In this session you will learn about many of the College’s data indicators as well as get an introduction to Cognos, Madison College’s Business Intelligence Tool. This introductory session is a prerequisite for any of IRE's more advanced Cognos cube and report trainings.

Query Studio: a Business Intelligence instrument designed to create basic reports and contact lists based on enrollment, admission, success, retention/persistence and graduation data. Unlike the Cognos Cubes, Query Studio allows users to get data down to the individual student level. Some customization is available through the use of filters and grouping. This session will focus on learning the menu icons, data sources, report generation, filtering, grouping and creating cross-tabular data. The session will last two hours and will include hands on practice in using Query Studio to address your business intelligence needs.

Cognos Reports: Learn how to navigate around Cognos Connection and access the reports IRE has developed.

Cognos for Program Tracking: This training goes beyond the basics of Cognos. You will learn how to easily pull your list of students and analyze what's happening in your program using Cognos Connection

FTE/Headcount Cube: Use Analysis Studio to slice your data. Familiarize yourself with the FTE/Headcount cube and the dimensions that are available.

Course Success Cube Training: Analyze historical within semester course and student success by course, plan, and various demographics.

  • Which courses are likely gatekeeper courses?
  • What is the % of Success C or B for a particular course?
  • You’ve made some changes to your course mix, are the resulting success measures what you expect?

Program Retention Cube Training: Learn the reports available and the function of each, including data on within term, term to term, year to year, program outcome and retention, persistence and outcome reports. This training is especially helpful for those involved in the Retention Committee initiative and those interested in understanding variables impacting student retention. Some important research questions answered through these reports include:

  • How many students persisted in their program from one semester to the next?
  • How many students were retained in each program from one academic year to the next?
  • How many students were successful in finishing their program?

Graduate Analysis Cube Training: This data is collected through the Graduate Survey initiative through IRE each semester. It allows users to view graduate data trends between terms and years by program, job status, employer data and student demographics. All data is collected six months after graduation.

  • How many students graduated from each program?
  • How many students were employed 6 months after graduation?
  • How many students are employed in their respective fields after graduation?
  • Who are the largest employers of Madison College graduates?

Applicant Cube Training: Business Intent for the cube: - To analyze and compare program applications and student outcomes for applicant cohorts. Have you ever wondered:

  • How many students are applying to the college or specific programs?
  • How many students are still here after the 10 day?
  • What are the demographics of students applying to our school?

Analyzing Survey Results in SurveyMonkey: You’ve sent out your survey and got a great response rate. Now what? Come learn how to:

  • Automatically create trend data by using the same survey for multiple like events
  • Summarize your data using crosstabs
  • Use text analysis to categorize your open ended questions
  • Create and export graphs of your results to share in MS PowerPoint
  • See if your survey results are indeed totally anonymous
  • Get that pesky SurveyMonkey marketing logo/link off your surveys