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UW Profiles

Becka Poppe of OPB is finding great success with UW Profiles.

Here is what she has to say about it.

UW Profiles

I use UW Profiles on a regular basis for a variety of projects. It is particularly helpful when I receive requests from the state legislature for information or for fiscal notes (i.e. estimates of how proposed legislation would fiscally impact the UW) as these types of requests typically have very tight turnarounds and require highly specific and accurate data. UW Profiles allows me to retrieve whatever information I need, without having to go through a middleman, which makes a huge difference when time is scarce.

I also use UW Profiles when writing policy briefs, as I often want to cite facts to support my position or analysis of a proposed bill. For example, when writing briefs about affordability and access, I often mention the number of Pell-eligible students in the UW’s undergraduate population and cite relevant trends in underrepresented minority student enrollments.

Lastly, UW Profiles is one of my key data sources when I provide the President’s Office with updates on institutional goals.

The “Export” feature is fantastic as it allows me to download the data and make my own pivot tables. I also really appreciate the new “Switch to Tables” / “Switch to Visualization” feature that lets me toggle back and forth between the two data views.

All in all, I’ve found UW Profiles to be an incredibly valuable tool that helps me do my work more efficiently and effectively.

-Becka Johnson Poppe
Office of Planning & Budgeting


Her favorite dashboards are:

  • Key Facts – Academics:
    • Enrollment Summary
    • Degree Summary
  • Student Enrollment:
    • Diversity Profile & Trends
  • Student Academic Performance:
    • Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates
    • Undergraduate Graduation Patterns and Time to Degree


Thanks so much Becka for the detailed account of how you find value in the UW Profiles visualizations. If anyone else uses UW Profiles to great affect please tell us about it at!

Why Are The Reports All Jumbled?

Lisa Nordlund wrote in because she was frustrated with the way the reports were being laid out in the Report Manager. She was used to the report manager rendering a nice neat grid and could quickly find her reports by location.

Here is what is going on and a better method of finding your favorite reports.

We recently upgraded to the latest version of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), a Microsoft tool, and unfortunately the Report Manager doesn’t work as well with other browsers as it does with Internet Explorer.

So if that sloppy grid is intolerable there are two fixes.
1. Use Internet Explorer.
2. Use BI Portal.

Why is the BI Portal unaffected by Microsoft’s changes? Because the BI Portal is a custom web user interface that sits on top of Microsoft’s SSRS. It is a compatibility layer that lets us build in useful features that Microsoft left out like Favorites and Most recent reports.

Favorites and Most Recent Reports

Favorite and most recent reports

Did you know that if you use the BI Portal you can favorite reports and they will be listed on this page? Also you can find your most recently run reports on this page. The only caveat is that reports run today will show up on the list tomorrow.


Hopefully this little tip will help you more quickly access the reports you need. Please let us know at if this was helpful or if you are already using the BI Portal and what features you like.