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Who Owns the Data

Who owns the data at higher education institutions? Information Technology (IT) Department or  the specific functional department like Admissions, Human Resources, Institutional Research or...

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Data Governance is Foremost About Helping, Not Controlling

This blog post discusses the perception of data governance. It sounds difficult and controlling. Maybe it should be called data guidance instead. Data governance should help the staff at the...

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Impacts and Sources of Data Quality Problems

Data quality is a key component of data governance. This post lists impacts of poor quality data and identifies sources of poor quality data. If you can’t get traction to establish a formal program,...

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Data Quality Issues

In an earlier post we covered components of a data quality programdata quality rules and data quality assessments.  The last post in this Data Quality series recommends a process to address...

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Right Away, Give New Employees Training on Data Governance

Data governance is an institutional priority and it is critical to give all employees the resources and training to achieve this priority as soon as they walk in the door.

The on-boarding or...

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Assess Data Quality Within Data Systems

In an earlier post we covered components of a data quality program and data quality rules.  Today I want to discuss data quality assessment or measurement.  

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Do You Know Where Your Data Has Been and What It’s Been Doing?

The profusion of data sources and systems in higher education introduces plenty of challenges (headaches?) for data managers and consumers. One of the most difficult challenges is also one of the...

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Don't Blame Your Data

So, you don’t trust your data. Well, you need to do something about it. You need to create a culture for having trusted data and have effective data governance in place. Don’t blame your data....

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The Promise of Analytics

Of our clients who have embarked on an analytics program, many of them have seen the same issues emerge that came up when they introduced Business Intelligence (BI) tools, as well as historically...

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Data Quality Rules

In an earlier post I described the components of a data quality program.  Today I want to discuss one of those components - data quality rules and a catalog to organize the rules.  A data quality...

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