1st Edition

Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education





ISBN 9781138046801
Published June 8, 2018 by Routledge
216 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I IMPORTANCE, PLANNING, & CONTEXT

Chapter 1 Developing a Data Culture
Angela E. Henderson and Kristina Powers

Chapter 2 Linking Planning, Ownership, Governance and Execution: Fundamental Steps in Building an Effective Data Culture
Jason F. Simon, P. Daniel Chen, and Ah Ra Cho

Chapter 3 Using Context to Maximize the Utility of Data
Michael M. Black

Part II PEOPLE, LEADERSHIP, & RELATIONSHIPS

Chapter 4 Identifying Decisions and Decision Makers that Drive Culture
Mihaela Tanasescu, Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, and Elna Van Heerden

Chapter 5 Changing Questions Asked
Lori Williams

Chapter 6 Fostering Data-Driven Leadership
Stephanie Douglas

Chapter 7 Building Relationships
Karinda Rankin Barrett and Eric Godin

Chapter 8 Managing Complexity and Chaos
Kristina Powers and Paula Krist

Part III PERCEPTIONS, USABILITY, & COMMUNICATION

Chapter 9 Determining Appropriate Data Sources
Eric S. Atchison

Chapter 10 Making Data Practical and Engaging
Angela E. Henderson and Resche D. Hines

Chapter 11 Communicating and Disseminating Data
Wendy Kallina

Chapter 12 Identifying and Mitigating Data Risk
Nancy D. Floyd and Yvonne Kirby

Part IV PUTTING THE CULTURE PIECES TOGETHER

Chapter 13 Implementing the Data Culture
Kristina Powers and Angela E. Henderson

Biographies

Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

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.

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