423: Natural Partners | Leveraging Analytic Talent at Your Institution

Track: Partnerships, Leadership and Change Management

Session Number: 423
Date: Sat, Jul 29th, 2017
Time: 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Description:

During periods of fiscal uncertainty, it is often difficult to add new lines or attract new talent to an advancement program. The University of Illinois has recently faced such a period caused by an ongoing state budget crisis. In an industry where advancement services often take a back seat to major gift programs, unconventional and collaborative measures have been taken to prevent our analytics program from atrophying.

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the analytics division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) has spearheaded the creation of an analytics internship program in partnership with the Department of Statistics and the School of Information Sciences. Graduate students in these programs are given an opportunity to gain data science experience in a real-world setting while the analytics division benefits from added human resources in the form of eager and talented students.

This presentation will discuss the challenges and the collaborative efforts that went into building the administrative relationships necessary to establish the program, while also giving a number of case studies to show the type and quality of work undertaken by these gifted students. From sentiment analysis, to demographic profiling, to statistical modeling, these students have added value and helped increase our efficiency as a program and our understanding of our donor base.

Please note: This session will be recorded.
Session Type: Breakout Session (90 minutes)

Primary Competency: DA:Competency 9: Change Management/Strategic Thinking
Secondary Competency: DA: Competency 2: Project Management
Tertiary Competency: DA:Competency 6: Communication
Intended Audience Level: Level I, Level II
Learning Objective #1: Attendees will be encouraged to engage in outside-the-box thinking in problem solving and talent recruitment.
Learning Objective #2: Attendees will be given tips on how to recruit and manage student talent.
Session Type: Breakout Session (90 minutes)

Primary Competency: DA:Competency 9: Change Management/Strategic Thinking
Secondary Competency: DA: Competency 2: Project Management
Tertiary Competency: DA:Competency 6: Communication
Intended Audience Level: Level I, Level II
Learning Objective #1: Attendees will be encouraged to engage in outside-the-box thinking in problem solving and talent recruitment.
Learning Objective #2: Attendees will be given tips on how to recruit and manage student talent.