This beta version of the Departmental Metrics dashboard compiles for a selected set of departments the indicators identified by the Provost's Council on Science and Technology as The Principal Markers of Success: Priority Academic Metrics for Assessing Science and Engineering at New York University." Thirteen academic units are included: Arts and Sciences science departments, the Courant Institute, Dentistry, Nursing and within the Steinhardt School Applied Psychology, the Public Health and Nutrition programs in the Department of Food, Nutrition and Public Health, and the Institute for Human Development and Social Change. Although NYU Polytechnic and the School of Medicine are also among the Nine Points of Science they are not included in this initial dashboard because their data are not readily available.
To accommodate NYU’s complex structure the Departmental Metrics Dashboard organizes data by School, Department and Subunit. The filters at the top of each page permit the selection of the schools, departments or sub-units to which the user has access. User with access to multiple unit may select a single unit or a group of units.
School is the purview of a dean.
Department is generally an academic department overseen by a chair, generally corresponding to an Org in financial data, an HR Department in Human Resources, and an Academic Org in student data. Institutes are also included as “Departments.”
Subunit is required to report on the research success of faculty groups with distinct research programs within a department. There are two examples in the pilot project. Within the Courant Institute Computer Science and Mathematics are distinct groups. In Steinhardt’s Department of Food, Nutrition and Public Health the chair requested segregated reporting for Nutrition and Public Health and exclusion of the Food program.
The Departmental Metrics Dashboard has its own security structure because it synthesizes data from multiple sources into the configuration required to meet reporting needs. Access is controlled at the Departmental Metrics Department level. Anyone with access to a Subunit within a Department has access to data on all the Subunits. Consistent with University data management policy there is no access limitation on student data. Anyone with access to the Dashboard has access to all the student data included.