10th Day numbers delayed, expected on Thursday

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Tenth Day Enrollment numbers still have not been released because of an issue with being able to report the numbers.

The numbers are expected to be released sometime Thursday.

Josh Norman, the associate vice president for enrollment management, said in an email Wednesday that the reason for taking more time to report the numbers is because several student records were assigned “multiple classifications,” which is an issue for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Norman said an example of a classification issue, which is what is keeping the numbers from being reported, is if a student is classified as a “new freshmen” and a “new transfer.”

He said they cannot be counted in both categories, only one.

IPEDS is one of the agencies that Eastern reports data to, and it falls under the National Center for Education Statistics.

Norman said the office for institutional research has to make sure that the data is correct and follows a particular format before it is able to be submitted to IPEDS.

The reporting of data to IPEDS is not something new, Norman said, and it is typical to take time to review for data integrity and run reports for the numbers.

He said it also takes time to review all of the frozen data for accuracy and alter frozen views where errors have occurred.

He said production data from the student information system changes constantly and data is frozen at the census date, so that it never changes and is always available for reference.

“The process also ensures that the same reference point is available for every term, year after year, so that we can go back in time and compare,” Norman said. “Hundreds of views, composed of hundreds of tables and thousands of fields are frozen every census date or 10th Day. Depending upon exceptions, the review and preparation of that data for reports can take a considerable amount of time.”

He said Lakshmikara Padmaraju, the interim director of institutional research, is currently working with the Office of the Registrar to resolve this issue.

Once the freezes are cleared, he said Padmaraju will produce the 10th Day reports.

Analicia Haynes can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].