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Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education

1st Edition

Edited by Kristina Powers, Angela E. Henderson

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198 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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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.

Reviews

"Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education brings to the forefront the critical importance of data culture in higher education leadership, management, and policy. Contributors work at the frontline of higher education making this book valuable for higher education administrators and professionals in institutional research, assessment, and planning."

— Shouping Hu, Louis W. & Elizabeth N. Bender Endowed Professor and Director, Center for Postsecondary Success, Florida State University, USA

"The promise of "big data" and the power of sophisticated analytical models to guide decision-making in higher education will go unrealized until colleges and universities develop more comprehensive and integrated data cultures. In Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education, experienced data and information system experts and leaders in institutional research provide practical suggestions and relevant models to help colleges and universities encourage data literacy and democratization, and establish much needed cultures in which data are shared, valued, trusted and used."

—Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University, USA

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I IMPORTANCE, PLANNING, & CONTEXT

Chapter 1Developing a Data Culture

Angela E. Henderson and Kristina Powers

Chapter 2Linking Planning, Ownership, Governance and Execution: Fundamental Steps in Building an Effective Data Culture

Jason F. Simon, P. Daniel Chen, and Ah Ra Cho

Chapter 3Using Context to Maximize the Utility of Data

Michael M. Black

Part II PEOPLE, LEADERSHIP, & RELATIONSHIPS

Chapter 4IdentifyingDecisions and Decision Makers that Drive Culture

Mihaela Tanasescu, Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, and Elna Van Heerden

Chapter 5Changing Questions Asked

Lori Williams

Chapter 6Fostering Data-Driven Leadership

Stephanie Douglas

Chapter 7Building Relationships

Karinda Rankin Barrett and Eric Godin

Chapter 8Managing Complexity and Chaos

Kristina Powers and Paula Krist

Part III PERCEPTIONS, USABILITY, & COMMUNICATION

Chapter 9DeterminingAppropriate Data Sources

Eric S. Atchison

Chapter 10Making Data Practical and Engaging

Angela E. Henderson and Resche D. Hines

Chapter 11Communicating and Disseminating Data

Wendy Kallina

Chapter 12Identifying and Mitigating Data Risk

Nancy D. Floyd and Yvonne Kirby

Part IV PUTTING THE CULTURE PIECES TOGETHER

Chapter 13Implementing the Data Culture

Kristina Powers and Angela E. Henderson

Biographies

Index

About the Editors

Kristina Powers is President of K Powers Consulting Inc. and Vice-President of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at Patten University, USA.

Angela E. Henderson is Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Stetson University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General