Data Governance

Data governance ensures confidence in decisions made as a result of analyzing our data.

Institutional data are a strategic and important asset of the University. The value of the data increases with its availability and appropriate use.  A solid data foundation obliges the collaborative work of leaders and experts across campus attending to what falls under the data governance umbrella: data definitions, process ownership and authority, accountability, security and privacy, data access, reporting needs and requirements, and research priorities. A continuous investment of collective time and resources is necessary to meet today’s extensive demand for informed and nimble decision-making across the University.        

Committee Structure

There are two interdependent levels of authority: Policy Authority and Operational Authority.  Both authorities comprise a collaborative, cross-functional team of leaders and experts who engage with institutional data at some point in its life cycle from its creation to its consumption. The Policy Authority serves as a recommendation body to the university administration on data-related issues and priorities.  The Operational Authority serves as a solutions-focused body applying expertise toward improving data processes and infrastructure.


University Survey Policy

This policy and related procedures have been established in order to use University resources wisely; ensure that surveys are methodologically sound and of good quality; promote inter-departmental awareness and cooperation; minimize survey fatigue and collection of duplicate data or pre-existing data; ensure appropriate methods of recruitment, distribution, and use of survey results; and maintain a thorough and accessible record of survey tools and findings. Survey fatigue, the decreased willingness to participate in surveys, is a constant concern because reduced response rates compromise the usefulness of any data collected. 

All surveys of faculty, staff, alumni, or students seeking participation of more than 100 respondents must be submitted for review and approved by the Office of Institutional Research prior to being distributed.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications at least one month in advance of the proposed launch date.  The policy lists what does NOT fall under this policy including research that is approved by the Institutional Research Board, course evaluations, point of service or event evaluations, student research methods course research, and limited event polls.  


Please send questions and feedback to Elizabeth Lee, Director of Institutional Research, or feel free to submit anonymous feedback via the IR Feedback Form.