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Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities

From Understanding to Implementation, 1st Edition

Edited by Kristina Powers


224 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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This valuable resource helps institutional leaders understand and implement a data strategy at their college or university that maximizes benefits to all creators and users of data. Exploring key considerations necessary for coordination of fragmented resources and the development of an effective, cohesive data strategy, this book brings together professionals from different higher education experiences and perspectives, including academic, administration, institutional research, information technology, and student affairs. Focusing on critical elements of data strategy and governance, each chapter in Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities helps higher education leaders address a frustrating problem with much-needed solutions for fostering a collaborative, data-driven strategy.



"Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities makes a compelling case for the importance of thinking about how to integrate data with planning efforts at postsecondary institutions. Readers will enjoy the mix of theoretical concepts and practical advice for how to achieve this goal. Of particular value are the chapters that discuss the topic from the perspective of administrators, faculty, institutional researchers, and IT professionals. The book should be a must-read for any institution that struggles with how to produce the information needed for effective strategic planning."

—Robert K. Toutkoushian, Professor, Institute of Higher Education; Editor, Research in Higher Education, University of Georgia, USA

"Kristina and her co-authors provided unique insights and practical recommendations into a modern problem. I wish every higher education leader in this country would read this book and establish a data strategy before investing more institutional resources into data analytics."

—P. Daniel Chen, Associate Professor, George Mason University, USA

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1TheValue of Creating a Data Strategy

Kristina Powers and Steven A. Weiner

Chapter 2Key Elements of a Data Strategy

Braden J. Hosch

Chapter 3Using Concepts from Strategic Planning

Angela E. Henderson and Resche D. Hines

Chapter 4Data Strategy Versus Information Technology Planning

Sandra Kinney and Jason Lee Wang


Chapter 5Leveraging Existing Information from Department Plans

Erin J. Holmes

Chapter 6Self-Appraisal of A Data Strategy

Leah Ewing Ross, Jason R. Lewis, Stephan C. Cooley

Chapter 7Anticipating Challenges and Offering Possible Solutions

Shannon LaCount and Michael J. Weisman


Chapter 8Presidents’ and Provosts’ Perspectives

Ivan L. Harrell II

Chapter 9Faculty Perspectives

Michael S. Harris, Molly K. Ellis, Kim Nelson Pryor

Chapter 10Student Affairs Leaders’ Perspectives

Sheri Jones

Chapter 11Institutional Researchers’ Perspectives

Erez Lenchner

Chapter 12Information Technology Analysts’ Perspectives

Derek MacPherson

Contributor Biographies


About the Editor

Kristina Powers is President of the Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education.

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