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The Departmental Metrics Dashboard compiles the indicators identified by the Provost's Council on Science and Technology as "Principal Markers of Success: Priority Academic Metrics for Assessing Science and Engineering at New York University." The School of Medicine is not included in the dashboard because its data are not integrated.

Reporting Units

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. By default, the dashboard is limited to academic (rather than administrative) units.  User with access to multiple units may select a single unit or a group of units. 

School is the highest organizational level within the dashboard, and may actually be a school or an institute.

Department is generally an academic department overseen by a chair, typically corresponding to an Org in financial data, an HR Department in legacy HRIS, a Supervisory Organization or Academic Unit in PeopleSync, or an Academic Organization in student data. Selected institutes are also included as “Departments.”

Subunit is used to optionally report on faculty groups with distinct programs within a department. An example is that in Steinhardt’s Department of Food, Nutrition and Public Health reporting for Food, Nutrition and Public Health are segregated when appropriate and if possible.

Reporting Years

The dashboard shows information for the current and three prior years. For consistency with financial reporting the selection of years is updated when a fiscal-year's financial books are closed, generally in mid-October. For example, the dashboard showed data for 09-10 through 12-13 until the financial close of FY13, at which time it was updated to 10-11 through 13-14.

All the metrics are reported on a September 1-August 31 year. Academic and fiscal metrics are labeled differently to avoid the potential confusion arising from the conventions of identifying academic years by the starting calendar year and fiscal years by the ending calendar year. For example, for the period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013 academic metrics are labeled 12-13 and fiscal metrics FY13.

Data Sources and Update Frequency

Data on faculty, staff, students, proposals, and grant expenditures are from university systems: HRIS for information through 12-13 and PeopleSync beginning with 13-14 (faculty and staff); PeopleSoft Campus Solutions - SIS (students); Cayuse (proposals); and fame (grant expenditures). These data are refreshed nightly, as indicated by the date/time stamp in the upper right corner of each dashboard page.

Metrics provided by departments are updated once a year, in the fall. These include faculty honors and awards; post doc funding and placement; and PhD student funding and placement. Before 13-14 post doc counts were also submitted by departments; beginning in 13-14 the information comes from PeopleSync. External rankings are updated once a year as new data become available.


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.

Use Notes

Drill to detail. Detail supporting many of the graphs is available by clicking on a bar segment. Page metadata specifies where that detail is and is not available.

Tables reorganization. The column order and sort order of dashboard tables can be reorganized. To rearrange columns hover above the column to find the shaded bar. Click on the bar, drag it left or right, and drop it where shaded space appears between columns. To organize the table with sections drop the shaded bar above the table. To resort items in a table column find the arrows to the right of the column heading and choose ascending or descending sort.

Idle. If the dashboard stays idle for an extended period some components may not load. Log out and in again to solve the problem.


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