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At the risk of shameless self-promotion, I refer members of this List to my 2006 EDUCAUSE REVIEW article, Bring Data: A New Role for Information Technology After the Spellings Commission (EDUCAUSE REVIEW, Nov./Dec 2006).

The article reviews the 2006 report of the Spellings Commission on Higher Education and argues that IT leadership has a central role to play in what should be the continuing campus conversations about analytics:

    "The question here no longer concerns if information technology has a role to play in the campus conversations and public discussions about assessment and outcomes. Rather, the issue before us in the wake of the Spellings Commission report concerns when college and university IT leaders will assume an active role, a leadership role, in these discussions, bringing their IT resources and expertise—bringing data, information, and insight—to the critical planning and policy discussions about institutional assessment and outcomes that affect all sectors of U.S. higher education."

Casey Green
The Campus Computing Project

 Kenneth C. Green   p: 818.990.2212
 The Campus Computing Project®

Digital Tweed®, published by INSIDE HIGHER ED, was recently cited by EdTech Magazine as one of the "50 must read higher ed IT blogs."


Issue #6: Using Analytics to Support Critical Institutional OutcomesAccountability and, increasingly, the need to give students the information they require are driving the use of analytics in higher education. Institutions are under continued pressure from accreditors and public funding sources to demonstrate that student outcomes are improving and that institutions are being run efficiently. Students and parents are beginning to clamor for more direct and "real-time" feedback by gaining access to the data that institutions collect about student performance.


One of the questions posted is: Why does analytics matter to the institution? What strategic problems or issues can analytics help the institution address? What will be the institution's initial focus for analytics: institutional performance, student performance?
I think we need to take it down to "What is the interest and role of central IT in analytics?"

This is one where I really need others to jump in.

Educause has the Analytics Sprint coming up:

Jack Suess, John Fritz, and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III speak of an institutional view, partnering with IR:

What do you think?

Theresa Rowe
Chief Information Officer
Oakland University

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