A Data Improvement Initiative Update from the Provost

Friends,

Please allow me to update you on the Data Improvement Initiative that I have asked Director of Institutional Research Sri Sitharaman and AVP for Enrollment John McElveen to co-chair. Essentially, we are using the feedback regarding data accuracy (or inaccuracy, as the case may be) that we have received from deans, chairs, vice presidents, and others. We are now completing an internal audit of all data and related systems by John, Sri, and their teams. Additionally, effective November 1, all data entry processes related to academic reporting will report directly to the Registrar, Wayne Van Ellis, who is a key member of this team. As you know, the Enrollment Team ultimately reports to the Office of the Provost. This will bring the data processing from recruiting through registration and grade reporting under this office. This, we feel, is essential to ensure that data reporting on the academic side -- so critical to funding and to accreditation -- can be as accurate as possible. We are joined on this team by VP for Information Technology Abraham George and Dustin Worsley, Assistant Director for the Academic Center for Excellence.

During the next month, Sri, John, Wayne, and Dustin will be updating deans, chairs, President’s Cabinet, Senate, and Staff Council regarding progress on this initiative. Members of the team also are in the field collecting information from data users in order to ensure a complete audit. In the interest of keeping all in the loop, I am attaching the briefing presentation we have been using. I encourage you to take the time to review the presentation and share comments regarding the game plan for data accuracy with Sri Sitharaman or John McElveen.

Using data to meet the needs of students is becoming increasingly essential to outstanding post-secondary programs. It is critical that we get the data accuracy part right. Thanks for helping our team with this process.

Team Members:
-- Co-Chair, Sri Sitharaman, IR Director
-- Co-Chair. John McElveen, AVP for Enrollment John McElveen
-- Wayne Van Ellis, Registrar
-- Tom Hackett, Provost and VPAA
-- Abraham George, VP Information Technology
-- Dustin Worsley, Assistant Director for Academic Center for Excellence

Thanks for helping our team with this process.

Sincerely,

Tom Hackett, Professor
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs