September has been a busy month for the Scorecard project. Several pieces of the project have been moving along, with different contractors and state IT groups assigned to different parts of the project. Significant progress has been made, and these individual components are now coming together.
At the end of Phase 2, we will have a functioning beta version of the Scorecard. Users of the site will have the ability to search programs currently approved through ETPS and DHE; compare programs and cost; and see results of some programs when data is available. In addition, schools will be able to log into the Reports page and query information on their school’s programs.
The plan for Phase 2 was to build the web pages and data warehouse structure to support the Scorecard. While we test and begin using the beta version of the system, we will think of additional features and functionality that will make the experience better for the different user groups. Phase 3 is planned for 2017 (Grant Year 3). During Phase 3 we plan to make several enhancements, including adding the ability to research career options as well as modifications based on everyone’s feedback.
The next Data Advisory Task Force Meeting is scheduled for November 2 in Branson in conjunction with the MCCA Annual Convention. Since many of you will be attending the conference, it is a great opportunity to get together and see the beta version of the Scorecard and other progress on the project.