Institutional Data Summit

Blue logo that reads: 2024 Institutional Data Summit

April 4th, 2024   


The Institutional Data Summit serves as an outlet to celebrate and build upon the University of Arizona's unique data culture. By creating a space to discuss institutional data with colleagues we hope that— through attendance—employees walk away feeling empowered to leverage institutional data tools, UAIR services, and newfound connections they made to help tell the Arizona story. 


In honor of UAIR’s 10-year anniversary, we are excited to kick off a new, in-person, professional development opportunity for campus! We’re all data people. And this year, we’ve planned a day of collaboration and connection for UArizona employees and data enthusiasts alike. Through raising visibility on institutional data tools and resources, this summit will look at how data impacts the University of Arizona daily. With the goal of propelling our university’s data culture forward and upward, we encourage all attendees to dive deep into the institutional data available at their fingertips.  

This year, we are welcoming Barry Brummund as our keynote speaker! Having worked with UAIR since its inception, Barry is uniquely qualified to speak to how institutional data has evolved on our campus and how data can serve as an invaluable asset to our mission. 

What should you expect from this year’s Summit? Other than a chance to collaborate and connect, we have four distinct tracks and 16 total breakout sessions, so there will be something for everyone! 

  • Institutional Data Overview: Get an inside look at top-level data and dashboards highlighting our institution.

  • Focus on Administrative Data: Deep dive into the data most relevant to the UArizona Workforce.

  • Focus on Student Data: Learn about the data most relevant to the UArizona Student Body.

  • Data Design, Visualization & Access: Explore the university's approach to designing and disseminating institutional data.

With this being our first year hosting, we hope you can join us in-person at the Student Union Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus for a day of community building and data exploration. Discover our offerings and start planning your Institutional Data Summit experience today!

Headshot of the university's chief information officer, Barry Brummund

Keynote Speaker

Barry Brummund | Chief Information Officer and Vice President, University Planning

Barry has over 20 years of experience working and consulting with universities across the country, including leadership of Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence implementations. He was appointed VP of Planning in March 2021 and CIO in April 2018. He previously served in the University’s Executive Office of the President, as Assistant Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis. Barry also served as Deputy CIO from 2013-2014.  From 2008-2012, Barry was the lead consultant for the Mosaic Project, a five-year, $80 million upgrade to administrative systems at the University of Arizona and implementation of a new business intelligence system.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. - Check-In & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20 a.m. -  Introductory Remarks
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. - Session 1 
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. - Session 2

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. - Session 3
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. - Session 4
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. - Keynote
3:50 - 4:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks


Data Summit Slogan that says: 4 Tracks. 16 Sessions. 1 Day of Collaboration and Connection. On a red and blue graphic

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Web Accessibility and Survey Design 
Tucson Room

Data Design, Viz & Access

Jeff Bishop | IT Accessibility Consultant, Disability Resource Center

Elisa Sperandio | Manager of Training and Project Development, Assessment & Research

Special Partnership with Assessment in the AM  

Web accessibility is the practice of ensuring that websites and web applications are usable and accessible by people with different abilities and preferences. This presentation provides a brief overview of the top accessibility issues that web designers and authors should be considering when designing sites and surveys, and how to address them using different survey tools. Attending this presentation will give you some basic knowledge on web accessibility principles and specific guidance on building surveys that will meet the needs of all users that participate in your assessments. 

Financial Reporting Resources at Your Fingertips: Finance Reporting Overview
Catalina Room

Administrative Data

Eddie Caratachea | Assistant Director, Administrative Reporting and Analytics, UAIR

Beth Prim | Assistant Comptroller, Financial Services

Megan Arriaga | Budget and Financial Analyst, Office of Budget and Planning

Have you been looking for an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in financial reporting? In this session, attendees will learn about a range of resources available in UAccess Analytics, from the high-level Finance Profile to more detailed options such as ledger entries and labor ledger. With the support of Financial Services and UAIR, attendees will leave feeling prepared to use available data to answer their unit’s financial questions. 

Understanding Graduate Outcomes with High Quality Impactful Alumni Insight Data with Academic Analytics
Santa Rita Room

Student Data

Naima Brown
Naeem Thompson 
Anj Shaw

Gathering, analyzing, and reporting alumni outcomes has become an increasingly burdensome task for universities as more entities request these data. Many universities rely on ad hoc or decentralized reporting processes that tend to supply inconsistent and unreliable information. Academic Analytics provides a standardized processes to more comprehensively collect bachelors, master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral alumni outcome data to help institutions use these data for program review, legislative reporting, and beyond.

Propelling the University Forward with Strategic Reporting: A Closer Look at Arizona Profiles 
Rincon Room

Institutional Data

Ravneet Chadha | Associate Vice President and Chief Data Officer, UAIR

Nina Bates | Director, Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost

Toni Alexander | Assistant Dean, Business-Finance, College of Humanities

Arizona Profiles is a series of UAccess Analytics dashboards designed to broaden data accessibility for campus users and enhance the way Analytics users interact with university data. Attendees can expect to learn how each profile provides high-level insights and key metrics for campus units, colleges, and departments. Walk away knowing how to get a top-level view of your college or department in just a few clicks.  

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

We’re All Data People: A Case Study in Making Data More Approachable  
Tucson Room

Data Design, Viz & Access

Christopher Cherry | IT Training and Support Specialist, UAIR

Nick Martin | Senior Data Analyst, UAIR

Fallon Murphy | Communications Specialist, UAIR

UAIR has worked to make institutional data approachable at every level. Our transition from transactional to visual dashboards with a modernized standard design, interactive training and data literacy initiatives, and communication best practices all serve to remove the barriers between campus data and you. We’re all data people—leverage our expertise to help tell your unit’s part of the Arizona story.  

Elevate Your Employee Management with Essential Workforce Reporting: HR Reporting Overview  
Catalina Room

Administrative Data

Abraham Silva | Program Manager, Administrative Data, UAIR

Abbie Montenegro | Senior Director, Workforce Systems

Ready to make your workforce reporting more efficient? UAIR and Workforce Systems will guide you through a spectrum of resources, starting with high-level tools like the Workforce Profile and extending to more intricate options such as Hires, Separations, and DCC reporting, giving you the perfect review of essential HR data. Seize this opportunity to elevate your expertise and proficiency in workforce reporting. 

Enhancing Student Success Through Collaborative Partnerships and Actionable Reporting
Santa Rita Room

Student Data

Mark Ray | Academic Data Architect, UAIR

Christine Salvesen | Chief Retention Officer and Associate Vice Provost, Student Success and Retention Innovation

Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski | Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Advising, Office of Undergraduate Education

In a complex and shifting landscape of tools and services within higher education it has never been more essential to surface information about student challenges and opportunities. This is true at both the micro and macro levels, from student-to-advisor interactions all the way up to program review and evaluation. Join UAIR and campus partners as we discuss several examples of programs and tools used to improve student success.

Where It All Began: The Origin of Fact Books in Higher Education and How UArizona's Interactive Fact Book Came to Be
Rincon Room

Institutional Data

Ashley Hurand | Assistant Director, UAIR

Michael Principe | Senior Data Analyst, UAIR

Public access to institutional data has increased significantly over the past few decades. Did you know after a perceived lack of access to trustworthy metrics, the first higher education fact book was published in the 1960s? Join us to learn how fact books have evolved and culminated into our institution’s Interactive Fact Book, one of UAIR’s most widely used reporting tools. Walk away with best practices on how to use this comprehensive and focused snapshot of the University of Arizona’s core reporting areas. 

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

From Farm to Table: The UArizona Data Life Cycle 
Tucson Room

Data Design, Viz & Access

Shiva Chidara | Data Engineering Lead, UAIR

Casey Miller | Middleware Analyst, UAIR

Have you ever wondered where all the data in UAccess Analytics comes from? In this comprehensive talk, UAIR's Data Engineering and Systems teams will guide you through the institutional data life cycle, from its origins, transformation, enhancement, and finally into our business intelligence and reporting tools. Whether you are just beginning your journey with UAIR's data reporting offerings or an experienced user of UAccess Analytics, look forward to insights that can enhance your understanding and usage.  

Supporting University Innovation Through Sponsored Research Reporting 
Catalina Room

Administrative Data

Sarah Dasher | Data Analyst, UAIR

Abraham Silva | Program Manager, Administrative Data, UAIR

Julia Puntenney | Manager, Internal Operations, Sponsored Projects Services and the Office of Research Contracts

Innovation can be intimidating but supporting it through sponsored research reporting doesn’t have to be. Join UAIR and Sponsored Project Services to explore the intricacies of sponsored research reporting tools available in UAccess Analytics, designed to support the entire project life cycle. Take advantage of this opportunity to build a comprehensive understanding of the available tools to support your unit’s sponsored research journey, from pre-award to post-award.  

The Wildcat Journey Through the Lens of Data: Student Reporting Overview 
Santa Rita Room

Student Data

Ashley Hurand | Assistant Director, UAIR

Rico Silva | Program Manager, Student Data, UAIR

Tom Rhodes | Director, Graduate Research, Graduate College

Discover the path of student data, tracing its trajectory from admissions through graduation. In this session, attendees will gain an understanding of the tools and resources that highlight key metrics for the UArizona student body. Expect a special introduction to the new Graduate Student Lifecycle Dashboard, offering an inside look at this highly requested data. There is a lot of student data available, and this session is a great opportunity to understand different facets of the student population we serve.

Visualizing Our Network of Research Expertise with KMap 
Rincon Room

Institutional Data

Eddie Caratachea | Assistant Director, Administrative Reporting and Analytics, UAIR

Iqbal Hossain | Director, Research Data Science, KMap and Research Innovation & Impact

The University of Arizona is home to a wealth of research talent and identifying potential collaboration hasn’t always been easy. Until now. The UArizona Institutional Knowledge Map (KMap) integrates data from diverse sources to create an intuitive visualization of scholarly research and activity. Attendees will learn about all the different data sourced to maintain this tool and delve into interactive Knowledge Graphs that showcase grants, funding agencies, technology & patents, books and research opportunities, and more! Walk away ready to chart your own course in UArizona’s institutional knowledge landscape.  

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Upgraded and Expanded: An Inside Scoop on New UAccess Analytics Features  
Tucson Room

Data Design, Viz & Access

Doug Hester | Business Intelligence Architect, UAIR

Nick Martin | Senior Data Analyst, UAIR

A big upgrade is coming! Get the inside scoop on exciting new features that will enhance the way you interact with data in UAccess Analytics. Changes include new ways to control automated data delivery via agents and Visualizer, which allows users to create dashboards and visualizations from their own spreadsheets and external data sources. Walk away ready to power up your unit’s reporting with more customization options, additional visualizations, and greater options for interactivity. 

Utilizing Academic Analytics' Research Insight for Collaboration, Honorific Awards, and Other Strategic Data Driven Initiatives
Catalina Room

Administrative Data

Naima Brown
Naeem Thompson
Anj Shaw
Marie Teemant | Associate, Research Development, Honors and Awards
Jessica Calderwood | Data Analyst

Research Insight is a comprehensive solution that supports administrators across various functional areas to discover relevant funding opportunities, find subject matter experts, form multidisciplinary teams, and identify suitable honorific awards. Join us to learn how your custom queries in this tool can serve as a transformative launch pad in your strategic decision making and faculty development endeavors.

Demystifying Student Financials: An Overview of Student Charges, Payments, and Financial Aid Reporting 
Santa Rita Room

Student Data

Stephanie Carlson | Senior Data Analyst, UAIR

Rico Silva | Program Manager, Student Data, UAIR

Kirstin Gonzalez | Assistant Bursar, Bursar's Office

Helen Horetski | Director, Finance-Operations, Student Financial Aid

Delve into the Student Financials subject area in UAccess Analytics and explore its potential for fulfilling your reporting needs. This session will emphasize best practices for the thoughtful design, development, and maintenance of student financial reports, in addition to common pitfalls to avoid. Attendees can also look forward to a review of the university’s external financial aid reporting and associated tools that can be leveraged for informed decision-making.  

Wait, We’re Not the Only University? Getting to Know Peer Comparison Data 
Rincon Room

Institutional Data

Trevor Kvaran | Senior Data Scientist, UAIR

Mark Ray | Academic Data Architect, UAIR

A substantial amount of data from external higher education sources is maintained in the institution’s Enterprise Data Warehouse. This data is a powerful source of institutional insights, allowing peer analysis and a broader perspective on many strategic questions facing the university. Attendees can expect an overview of the external data available in the warehouse, how it relates to the work conducted by UAIR’s Institutional Reporting team, and the role that data snapshots play in the external data process. 


Long, red and blue Institutional Data Summit logo that reads: Data 24 Summit



Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The Institutional Data Summit is a University of Arizona event, hosted by university employees, for university employees and is free for all UArizona employees. 

Any and all UArizona employees are welcome to attend the Institutional Data Summit. Our hope is that this event serves as a learning experience for members of the university workforce, as well as a great professional development opportunity for data enthusiasts on campus. 

You can join us at the Student Union Memorial Center, Main Ballroom for this year's 2024 Institutional Data Summit. The Student Union is at 1303 E. University Blvd and details about the building and surrounding area are on this campus map

The closest parking to the Student Union is the 2nd St. Garage, 1390 E. 2nd St. Both the Tyndall Avenue and Cherry Avenue Garages are about a 10-minute walk from the Student Union. Parking will not be validated. 

No. Registration will be closing prior to April 4th, 2024—the day of the Summit. Day-of registration will not be an option so please make sure that you and your team are registered for this event in advance. 

Registration for the 2024 Institutional Data Summit will close the week prior to the event OR when we meet the event attendance limit; whichever comes first. 

Yes! This day-long event will include accommodations for both breakfast and lunch, as well as stationed refreshments throughout the day.

Breakfast – Continental Buffet

  • Seasonal Fruit Salad (V,VE,GF) 
  • Assorted Individual Yogurts (V,GF) with Granola (V)
  • Bakery Basket to Include Danish Pastries, Croissants, and Muffins (V), Sweet Butter, Honey and Preserves (V,GF)
  • Wildcat Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
  • Tazo Teas with Hot Water
  • Iced Water

Lunch – Mediterranean Buffet

  • Chicken Taouk with Sardinian 
    • Couscous 
    • Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
  • Charred Beef Kebabs with 
    • Braised Lentils & Fresh Vegetables (GF)
  • Greek Salad “Niçoise Style” (V,GF)
  • Yellow Potato Salad with Capers & Turmeric (V,VE,GF)
  • Persian Rice with Turmeric, Currants (V,VE,GF)
  • Crispy Pita, and Pappadams with Hummus & Baba Ghanoush (V,VE,GF)
  • Traditional Baklava (V/Contains nuts)
  • Lebanese Cookies (V/Contains nuts)
  • Standard Cold Beverages: Water, Iced Tea, Lemonade

Current menu selection subject to change. Visit this link to view menu details. 

V = Vegetarian ; VE = Vegan ; GF = Gluten Free 

Yes! All session presentations will be recorded and made available post-event. Be sure to stay up-to-date with the Institutional Data Summit event page on the UAIR website in order to access recordings once the event is completed. 

Yes. The 2024 Institutional Data Summit will be a photographed event. The photographer will limit the amount of candid photos taken and focus their attention on event speakers and set-up. However, there is a chance that attendees will be photographed in the process.

If you have any questions or concerns about waiving your Photographic Recording rights, please contact University of Arizona at 520-621-8747 or at

You can reach out to Ashley Hurand, Assistant Director, UAIR for any and all data summit related questions not answered in the FAQs at