Located in Fort Collins, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado State University (CSU) is a large, public, research-intensive university that, consistent with its land-grant heritage, offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs through eight individual colleges. By statute, there are also four State agencies assigned to CSU: the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, Extension, the Colorado State Forest Service, and the Colorado Water Center.

Data and analytics drive many of these academic initiatives and data is also critical to the many back-office administrative functions that keep the university running smoothly, from finance to human resources (HR), admissions to institutional research. As the university’s analytics endeavors expanded, the institution’s faculty and administration had increasing difficulty obtaining consistent data, due to inconsistent operational definitions and the lack of a central reporting platform.