I am writing to request your participation on the newly established standing Steering Committee that will lead campus efforts to make institutional data easily accessible, reliable, consistent, and secure so that we’re better able to support informed planning, decision-making, and communication across the campus.
As with other parts of our administrative infrastructure, over time our data have been developed by particular groups and for particular purposes. The institutional research staff leading these efforts were similarly dispersed and, in constructing their operations, have developed a variety of data definitions, approaches, protocols, and tools, depending on context and purpose. The result is a multiplicity of data sources and platforms that are sometimes incompatible, inconsistent or conflicting interpretations of data, and ineffectual communications.
To accomplish the goals articulated in our Strategic Plan we must improve our decision support systems. To that end, we have transitioned to a more robust centralized Institutional Research unit to provide seamless, consistent analysis and reporting for assessment and decision support, promote collaboration, and improve the accessibility to and quality of institutional data. An important next step is to ensure we employ best practices in data governance.
Specifically, this Steering Committee will be asked to
The Committee should invite the expertise of others both on and off campus during its deliberations. I ask that you move forward with a sense of urgency to develop actionable plans. Importantly, you will be asked periodically to provide updates on your progress to me and/or other members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
I appreciate Vice Chancellor Ouillet’s partnership in this effort and I am delighted that he and Associate Vice Chancellor Barbara Sawrey have agreed to co-chair this group. Thanks to each of you for your willingness to serve; no response is necessary unless you are unable to do so. A first meeting of this group has been scheduled for August 3, 2015; you will hear from Co-Chairs Ouillet and Sawrey soon with additional details about that meeting. I look forward to discussing our shared goals at that time.
With best regards,
Executive Vice Chancellor