Having a single, codified source for information about the academic structure:
- Makes it clear how schools and colleges are related to departments, how departments are related to academic plans and sub-plans, and how departments are related to curricular subjects.
- Defines how elements of the academic structure are related to budgetary units.
- Enables the electronic connection between data systems that consume the academic structure and saves the time and resources that would be needed to maintain separate systems.
- Ensures consistency in reporting about the academic structure by maintaining a single source of attributes of departments, plans, sub-plans, and curricular subjects.