The Electronic Factbook: The Foundation For A University Wide Decision Support System


Reporting general institutional information on students, employees, finances, and facilities is a task that all universities perform. At Louisiana State University an "electronic factbook" is being developed as the first phase of a University wide decision support system. This system will attempt to address the routine point-of-time or period-of-time queries for information and will lay the foundation for measuring institutional effectiveness, outcome assessment, and strategic planning. To accomplish this goal, we will be exploiting the power and flexibility of DB2 in building our unified information base from a complex environment where operational data is stored in disparate sources, formats, and versions.

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