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.
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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
Chapter 6 Fostering Data-Driven Leadership
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
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
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.
"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