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Getting Started


Platinum Analytics installations and upgrades are completed with the oversight of the Ad Astra technical support team.  After the installation and integration with degree audit and student information systems is complete, the following steps will need to be addressed.

Configure System Settings

System Settings include system defaults such as defining a default campus and deciding which student identifiers will be used to assign student credit loads.  For some degree audit systems, you will also set up connection information in the system settings area.  These settings are used during the analysis process.


The System Settings configuration MUST happen before running a non-Banner degree audit import, configuring student credit load defaults, or running an analysis.


To configure System Settings for Analytics, perform the following:

Default Campus

All institutions must select a default campus code.  This should be the main campus where courses are offered, but it will not limit the ability to use analytics for more than one campus for an institution.


Add Default Campus Entry (all schools)


1.Click the System Settings option on the Setup tab.


2.Click Edit.


3.Click the + button (Add System Setting) to add a new system setting entry.


4.Enter "AnalysisDefaultCampus" as the setting Name.


5.Enter the institution's default campus.  This value must match the campus code in the student information system.


6.Enter a description. (optional)

Student Categories for Credit Load

These settings allow an institution to determine the combination of codes available in the student information system that Platinum will use to assign credit hour loads to students.  For example, an institution may choose to use only student level and part-time/full-time indicator to establish a credit load for their students.  Current options are student level, student type, student status, and part-time/full-time indicator.


Configure Student Categories (all schools)

These student categories (StudentLoadUseLevel, StudentLoadUseType, StudentLoadUseStatus, StudentLoadUseFullTimeFlag) represent the student combinations for whom ideal credit hour loads must be defined.  All default to a value of 1 meaning they are enabled (yes/no field, 1 = yes).  If you enable all values, there may be a large number of default credit loads that must be configured.  For that reason, only enable categories that are relevant to your analysis.


lightbulb_smallBEST PRACTICE: Start with level and part-time/full-time indicator.


1.Click Edit.


2.Click in the Value field for the category you would like to edit.


3.Change the 1 to a 0 to disable the student category (usually for StudentLoadUseType and StudentLoadUseStatus initially).

External Degree Audit Connection

Institutions that are not using Banner CAPP must also enable external degree audit and configure the degree audit connection information.


Configure External Degree Audit Connection (only non-Banner CAPP schools)


1.Click the + button (Add System Setting) to add a new system setting entry.


2.Enter "ExternalDegreeAudit" as the setting Name.


3.Enter "True" as the Value.


4.Click the + button (Add System Setting) to add a new system setting entry.


5.Enter "PrimaryDAConnectionString" as the setting Name.


6.Enter "Data Source=" followed by the database connection string, as the Value.
Use the PrimarySisConnectionString setting as a formatting example.


7.Click the + button (AddSystemSetting) to add a new system setting entry.


8.Enter “DAUserName” as the setting Name.


9.Enter the Degree Audit user name as the value


10.Click the + button (AddSystemSetting) to add a new system setting entry.


11.Enter “DAPassword” as the setting Name.


12.Enter the Degree Audit password as the value.


13.Enter "True" as the value for Encrypted.