It is probably true to say that the Single Data Return (SDR) is not very popular. It seems to be a regular chore which gets trickier as the years tick by. The introduction of reporting confirmed enrolments in the August SDR, if it eventually happens, should make this round particularly challenging.
However, there is another side to the SDR that not many of us think about. It is the key source of data for TEC. TEC puts the data to three obvious uses.
· Managing funding.
· Measuring performance.
· Monitoring compliance.
TEC funds you on the basis of the course enrolment data supplied through the SDR. TEC measures your performance on the basis of outcome data supplied through the SDR and, latterly, TEC monitors your compliance by analysing all the data supplied through the SDR.
For many of us the SDR is daunting because it is simply a jumble of numbers and letters.
However, with the right tool this data can be a very powerful reporting instrument. If your student management system doesn’t provide the reports you need, you may be able to get the required information from those pesky SDR files.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss what type of reports you require, or you would like to find out more about mining your SDR data.