About Student Data

How do I receive support?

Data-related questions regarding student reports, issues, and enhancements should first be directed to Student ODS/EDW at cognosstudenthelp@purdue.edu.

Are you in need to request student data to inform or execute a project? We have a variety of means to request information here.

Cognos tool issues such as error messages, unexpected behavior, etc: BICC@purdue.edu 

For additional information, try IDA+A's FAQ page for questions reguarding research, statistical and predictive analysis, and reporting on campus.

When is Student Data Loading in the Warehouse?  

Student data reports are loading in the ODS EDW between 12:00 AM - 5:00 AM. Reports should not be scheduled or ran during this time. This is to allow the overnight processes within the ODS to complete. 

Request a Cognos License for Student Data

Before starting, you must be current on all required certifications including FERPAGLBA, Data Handling, and Protecting SSN's. Please note that FERPA and GLBA expire yearly. You can check your certification status on the Purdue Certifications page.

You should receive a notice approximately 30 days before expiration. Be sure to re-certify when you receive the warning so that your access to student data will not be interrupted.

Then to receive a license, your approved role requestor must fill out the role request form.

Standard Content  

Reports that have been through the vetting and validation process and approved by the appropriate university department who "owns" the data used. Users of validated reports can be assured that the information it provides is accurate.


There are two sources of metadata for ODS/EDW:

  1. Data Cookbook
  2. The vendor-provided version