Initiate and sustain a substantive data governance program at your institution.
Higher education data are increasingly acknowledged as valuable assets that can help enable productive, evidence based decision making and move the institution toward meeting its strategic goals. Institutions who want to effectively capitalize on their data must have a strong and structured data governance initiative in place to ensure an institution-wide understanding of data definitions, as well as shared practices around data accuracy, security, and compliance.
Join us for this comprehensive and practical learning experience to attain the tools, strategies, and best-practices you will need to establish and implement a strategic data governance initiative on your campus. If you are in need of cross-campus support to push for a more comprehensive data governance strategy, this program will give you a framework and the time to build a coalition that will make data governance mission critical for your institution.
Additional Resource: Data Governance Implementation Workbook
As part of your registration for this conference, you will receive a workbook that you can use to design, launch, and manage data governance at your institution.
During this conference, you will dive deep into three major themes around data governance. Thanks to the highly practical and interactive agenda, you will have the time, space, and support to assess your current practices and to draft a data governance project plan for your own institution. You will walk away with the following learning outcomes:
I. Establishing Your Starting Point
- Assessing current data governance maturity
- Auditing and mapping your current system and owners
- Conducting a data system inventory
II. Surfacing Best Practices
- Identifying challenges, lessons learned, and impact stories from New York Institute of Technology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern Arizona University, and University of South Carolina
- Identifying policies and cross-functional data sharing practices to prepare for future data needs
- Strategizing workflow, metadata management, and processes for data definitions
III. Mobilizing Your Task Force
- Conducting a stakeholder analysis and alignment
- Completing a RACI matrix for organizing communication and involvement for all stakeholders
- Project planning to foresee and mange entropy and prevent degradation
- Education and engagement for the campus community
For more details, please read the program agenda.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to the Data Ecosystem
This interactive workshop will provide a space to define terms and ask questions about anything data to ensure everyone is on the same page with the hard and soft infrastructure to support a thriving data environment.
Leaders who want to support data governance initiatives, but who might be new to the terminology and systems, will leave this session more confident to participate in data related conversations. This workshop will also benefit institutional researchers and other data specialists who are beyond the basics and looking to better educate their colleagues or conduct a similar training on their own campus.
Who Should Attend
Professionals such as CIOs, senior finance professionals, institutional researchers, analysts, project managers, institutional effectiveness professionals, and executive leaders wanting formal training on the value of data governance will benefit from this training.
Continuing education credits: CPE Credits
Recommended CPE Credits:
18.5 for conference + workshop
15.0 for main conference
3.5 for workshop
Program Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live
Program Level: Basic
Bring Your Team and Save
This unique event is a call to action for a cross-campus working group charged with better data management. Due to the importance of leadership support, we recommend Chief Information Officers (or those in similar roles leading institution-wide data initiatives) to invite representatives from across the campus to learn more about the data ecosystem and help build the organizational structure.
Save over 15% when you register three or more colleagues.
9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Your registration for the workshop includes breakfast and lunch on Wednesday as well as workshop materials.
During this half-day workshop you will work closely with your teams and our experts to ensure you have the knowledge and language you need to confidently navigate data-centric discussions at the system level. This workshop will include:
- Assessment of key terminology to determine your needs
- Overview of the core-components of a thriving data environment
- Mapping exercise of your current data ecosystem to ensure you have a clear understanding of your systems and their purpose
- Exploratory exercises to frame what a healthy balance looks like in terms of a sustainable data ecosystem, including governance, stewardship, and systems
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Your registration includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, access to the networking reception on Wednesday, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
To set the stage, you will meet your cohort and learn how to get the most from the program content and resources based on your specific needs.
Strategic Needs for Data Governance and Data Stewardship
Using examples of tangible results from a data governance strategy, our instructors will guide you through the spectrum of how institutions are harnessing data governance and stewardship to support their strategic direction. Some examples will include:
- Implementation of dashboards and data visualization
- Stronger university policies to streamline student surveys
- A more comprehensive data warehouse to support online training
- Leadership support for committees to manage aspects of data governance
Parallel to this, you will also journey through lessons learned regarding how data has led to bad decisions and missed opportunities.
During this guided working session, you will explore your strategic needs and identify an area to prioritize for your data governance project to better understand some of your key areas of accomplishment and where there is room for maturity. The results will be followed by a discussion with support from our experts.
Debrief and Reflection
As a group, we’ll capture insights from the case studies and assessments so far.
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Following examples of this process, you will conduct your own inventory with your peers to identify current systems purpose, owners, and information exchanges. You will be able to identify how your data supports your daily operations so that you know where to prioritize.
Our experts will walk you through the best practices of standard guidelines and procedures, as well as strategies to simplify and adapt them for your needs. Following examples, you will spend time working through a series of questions and templates to help you think through your current policies and procedures to see what you might be missing. During this time, you will also receive consulting for your teams to help you get started.
Transparent and clear data standards are the heart of information sharing that generates accurate information. This session will provide case study exercises for you to explore common data standard issues and what is often overlooked. Learn strategies to streamline this process.
We will provide you ample time to ensure you have a process in place to establish and maintain data definitions across your organizational structure.
Learn tried and true guidelines for managing the metadata to support the data governance initiative. You will learn the pros and cons of specific platforms and systems, along with what investment of time and resources will be necessary for implementing a workflow management system both in house and vendor supported.
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Following implementation examples, our experts will provide you the planning framework to launch and maintain a data governance initiative with emphasis on ownership and accountability. You will learn organizational tools to conduct a stakeholder engagement plan including education and communication strategies for continuous support and buy-in from campus partners.
This session will be another opportunity to work with your peers on a data governance project plan while receiving consulting in small groups.
Mark Christopher Hampton
Executive Vice President for Strategy and Operations, Washington College
Mark provides high-level, analytically-based, and data-driven advice to advance strategy development and operational efficiency at all levels. He also leads and oversees the finance, marketing and communications, facilities, human resources, and information technology divisions of the College.
Chief Institutional Data Officer (CIDO), Institutional Research and Analysis, Northern Arizona University
Laura assumes executive-level responsibility and coordination for all enterprise information and data management initiatives. When Laura began in the CIDO role in 2016, she was tasked with designing, developing, and implementing a comprehensive data governance structure in support of the university’s mission and strategic goals.
Michael C. Kelly, Ph.D., PMP
Chief Data Officer and Executive Director for Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of South Carolina; Founder and Co-Chair, Higher Education Chief Data Officers
Mike provides leadership in governing the University of South Carolina’s data and information assets, ensuring the availability and accuracy of data for making decisions that advance the strategic priorities of the university’s eight campuses and Palmetto College.
Maximize your learning experience with a ticket to both the main conference and pre-conference workshop.
Team Discounts Available
- 1-2 registrations: full price
- 3-4 registrations: 15% off each conference registration
- 5-7 registrations: 20% off each conference registration
- 8 + registrations: 25% off each conference registration
Define terms and ask questions about anything data to ensure everyone is on the same page with the hard and soft infrastructure to support a thriving data environment.
Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.
Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.
Questions About the Event?
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