Everyone is Talking About the Data Initiative (or will be)…



Everyone is Talking About the Data Initiative (or will be)…

Have you heard about the NCCCS Data Initiative? It’s huge. It involves all 58 of the North Carolina community colleges and the personnel at the system office in Raleigh. Teams are made up of faculty and staff from all the colleges. The goal of the Data Initiative is to “establish a robust data system that provides accurate and accessible information that fosters a culture of data-driven decision making which addresses research questions and informs policies.”

What that means is that we are going to look at the way in which we collect and report our data, to the federal government right down to the data you might ask        for yourself.

Why??? Because:

  • ?  Concerns about the quality of data at the college and state level
  • ?  We are a data driven world – we want to confidently use our data to make the best decisions and policies for our institutions.
  • ?  Sometimes the data you need is not readily accessible.
  • ?  Expectations of collaboration between state agencies to share data – If you found a better way to report something, you would share it with me wouldn’t you?
  • ?  Current reporting tools are just not adequate.
  • ?  No systematic connection between data access and decision makers.

The Data Initiative team created nine different focus groups. It’s the job of these focus groups to develop data definitions based on research needs and reporting requirements. The idea is to make finding data easier, friendlier and more intuitive.

CFCC has four people directly involved in the Data Initiative:

  • ?  Kim Lawing, VP of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Coordinating Team and Data Structure & Entity Steering Committee
  • ?  Jason Chaffin, QEP Director/English Instructor –Student Course Success and Learning Outcomes Focus Team, Co-Chair  
  • ?  Phil Farinholt, Registrar, Student Progress Focus Team
  • ?  Barbara Brown, Institutional Researcher, Student Support Focus Team

So don’t be surprised if sometime in the near future someone comes by and asks: “How would you like your data?”