Stage 4: Populate Student Success Secondary Data

With the core data elements in place—as well as the general architecture of the record—additional qualitative data can be imported.  This supplemental data can be mapped to the custom fields and other objects that were created in the previous stage.

Leveraging the custom unique ID field imported in Stage 2, these additional data points can match directly to existing records. For example, a secondary import file might look like the following upon upload to Slate:

Unique ID Residence Hall Advisor Class Standing Freshman GPA Total Credits
123456789 Roosevelt Commons Matt Burris Sophomore 3.23 30

Testing the Import Process

When testing the import of secondary data, follow the process below to ensure that the data is imported in the manner desired:

1. Upload the file in a production environment.

2. Map the data from the file to the appropriate destinations within Slate, including both field value and static mappings.

3. DO NOT run the import.

4. Refresh the test environment.

5. Run the import in the test environment. Evaluate if the data was imported as desired.

6. If any tweaks are needed, make the change in production, refresh test, and run the import in test.

7. Repeat this process until the data is as desired in the test environment.

8. Once the data is importing as desired, run the import in the production environment. 

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