Higher education institutions have experienced a sharp increase in demand for accountability. To meet the growing demand by legislators, accreditors, consumers, taxpayers, and parents for evidence of successful outcomes, this important book provides higher education leaders and practitioners with actionable strategies for developing a comprehensive data culture throughout the entire institution. Exploring key considerations necessary for the development of an effective data culture in colleges and universities, this volume brings together diverse voices and perspectives, including institutional researchers, senior academic leaders, and faculty. Each chapter focuses on a critical element of managing or influencing a data culture, approaches for breaking through common challenges, and concludes with practical, research-based implementation strategies. Collectively, these strategies form a comprehensive list of recommendations for developing a data culture and becoming a change agent within your higher education institution.

part I|40 pages

Importance, Planning, and Context

chapter 1|9 pages

Developing a Data Culture

ByAngela E. Henderson, Kristina Powers

chapter 2|15 pages

Linking Planning, Ownership, Governance, and Execution

Fundamental Steps in Building an Effective Data Culture
ByJason F. Simon, P. Daniel Chen, Ah Ra Cho

chapter 3|14 pages

Using Context to Maximize the Utility of Data

ByMichael M. Black

part II|70 pages

People, Leadership, and Relationships

chapter 4|14 pages

Identifying Decisions and Decision Makers that Drive Culture

ByMihaela Tanasescu, Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, Elna van Heerden

chapter 5|12 pages

Changing Questions Asked

ByLori Williams

chapter 6|15 pages

Fostering Data-Driven Leadership

ByStephanie Douglas

chapter 7|13 pages

Building Relationships

ByKarinda Rankin Barrett, Eric Godin

chapter 8|14 pages

Managing Complexity and Chaos

ByKristina Powers, Paula S. Krist

part III|62 pages

Perceptions, Usability, and Communication

chapter 9|13 pages

Determining Appropriate Data Sources

ByEric S. Atchison

chapter 10|16 pages

Making Data Practical and Engaging

ByAngela E. Henderson, Resche D. Hines

chapter 11|17 pages

Communicating and Disseminating Data

ByWendy Kallina

chapter 12|14 pages

Identifying and Mitigating Data Risk

ByNancy D. Floyd, Yvonne Kirby

part IV|8 pages

Putting the Culture Pieces Together

chapter 13|6 pages

Implementing the Data Culture

ByKristina Powers, Angela E. Henderson