Data Preparation and Usage for

Common Data Set and External Surveys

November 18, 2021 (Thursday)

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Partnering with the founders and advisory board members of the Common Data Set (CDS) Initiative, join us as the Mānoa Institutional Research Office discusses data compilation, usage, and reporting for external surveys. Accuracy and timeliness are critical when presenting information because it affects the university’s ranking status and prospective students’ choices when applying to colleges.  Institutional research offices often collect data from various offices across their institution, which presents unique challenges when coordinating multiple external surveys throughout the year. To increase efficiency and lower the risk of human errors for all offices involved, the Mānoa Institutional Research Office (MIRO) created a series of automated processes for external survey data collection and reporting, minimizing the reporting burden and improving data accuracy and consistency.

Participants will learn:

  • How College Board U.S. News & World Report created and maintain the Common Data Set initiative, as well as how they collect and use information gathered from institutions and more 
  • How institutional data is provided to external surveys and its significance.
  • How MIRO automates the data calculation and information collection process.

Honored Guests

“Join us to hear details about the U.S. News & World Report data collection process and how we use the Common Data Set.”

Robert Morse

Chief Data Strategist at U.S. News & World Report, CDS Advisory Board Member

“Help us make the Common Data Set more useful and relevant in the dynamic world of higher education data!”

Ashley Robinson-Spann 

Senior Director at The College Board, CDS Advisory Board Member


Yang Zhang is the Director of Institutional Research at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is at the forefront of developing innovative data tools and web applications, and frequently presents her work at both national and international conferences on effective data communication strategies.

Kelly Jung-ts Lin is the IR Analyst at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative analysis. She conducts data mining and reporting for internal and external data needs and provides training on how to use MIRO’s data tools.

Bryson McFeeley is the IT specialist in the MIRO office at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He is instrumental in creating MIRO’s data web app tools and transforming raw survey data to customizable and easy to digest online reports.

Karese Kaw-uh is the current Graduate Assistant for the Mānoa Institutional Research Office. As an artist and administrator, she plays a vital role in creative content development and office organization.


Symposium Presentations

Data Preparation and Usage for
Common Data Set
and External Surveys
Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report
Data Preparation and Usage for Common Data Set and External SurveysMānoa Institutional Research Office, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Q&A SessionMIRO and Guest Speakers

Email Templates

Email Invitation to Offices Using Online Survey Email Template
Email Invitation to Offices Using Google Shared Folder Email Template
Email Reminder Email Template

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