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1st Edition

Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities
From Understanding to Implementation

ISBN 9781138345980
Published November 4, 2019 by Routledge
218 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.


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Chapter 1 The Value of Creating a Data Strategy
Kristina Powers and Steven A. Weiner

Chapter 2 Key Elements of a Data Strategy
Braden J. Hosch

Chapter 3 Using Concepts from Strategic Planning
Angela E. Henderson and Resche D. Hines

Chapter 4 Data Strategy Versus Information Technology Planning
Sandra Kinney and Jason Lee Wang


Chapter 5 Leveraging Existing Information from Department Plans
Erin J. Holmes

Chapter 6 Self-Appraisal of A Data Strategy
Leah Ewing Ross, Jason R. Lewis, Stephan C. Cooley

Chapter 7 Anticipating Challenges and Offering Possible Solutions
Shannon LaCount and Michael J. Weisman


Chapter 8 Presidents’ and Provosts’ Perspectives
Ivan L. Harrell II

Chapter 9 Faculty Perspectives
Michael S. Harris, Molly K. Ellis, Kim Nelson Pryor

Chapter 10 Student Affairs Leaders’ Perspectives
Sheri Jones

Chapter 11 Institutional Researchers’ Perspectives
Erez Lenchner

Chapter 12 Information Technology Analysts’ Perspectives
Derek MacPherson

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


"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