Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Data Governance Overview

Aligning with Wright State University's Bridge Strategic Plan 2023-2025, data governance establishes a structured approach to data management, safeguards data assets and promotes data quality, integrity, and accessibility.  It includes policies, standards, and practices to ensure the effective use and management of data.

Benefits

  • Improving institutional efficiency.
  • Encouraging collaboration and data literacy.
  • Creating and maintaining a culture of data-informed decisions making.
  • Building stakeholder trust by ensuring their data is handled responsibly and transparently.
  • Provides the foundation for an institutional data repository, a core component of business intelligence, establishing an environment for enhanced reporting, data analysis, modeling, forecasting, and a single source of historical truth. 

Framework

Data governance is executed by people, enabled by processes, and supported by technology. It drives a culture of data-informed decision making through accountability and data literacy education. Four critical success factors, or pillars, support the framework of data governance.

Stewardship Stewardship, quality, access, and standards pillars of data governance are build on people, processes and technology.  Data literacy and training is required in all areas.  Together this supports a culture of data-informed decision making.

A role for campus individuals accountable for managing processes and data assets, and ensuring data is used appropriately and effectively. Stewards act as custodians of the data and are accountable for maintaining its integrity and safeguarding it from misuse or unauthorized access.

Quality

Ensures data is accurate, reliable, consistent, and relevant for its intended purposes. Data stewards are involved in activities to maintain high data quality and efficient processes.

Access

The process of retrieving and interacting with data, facilitating data-driven decision-making and enabling applications to leverage the underlying data effectively. Includes evaluating the institutional balance of data availability with privacy, compliance, and security.

Standards

Policies, guidelines, and specifications that define data and include structure, format, classification, and exchange across different systems. The primary purpose of data standards is to ensure consistency, interoperability, and quality of data across various processes, applications, and stakeholders.

Roadmap

Data governance development is ongoing.  During the 2023-2024 academic year, the Data Governance Council is working on identifying data stewardship responsibilities and communities, developing procedures to support data management, and communicating updates to the campus community as outlined in the strategic plan.

Roles & Responsibilities

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of individual members of the President’s Cabinet who provide program oversight, high-level project approval and prioritization, policy approval, and project funding. 

Data Governance Council

The Data Governance Council works to ensure and support the effective management of data assets and project portfolios of the University by establishing procedures and standards, making policy recommendations, advocating for appropriate resources, and guiding and monitoring data governance efforts.

Council Members

Denise Anderson, M.S.

Department:
Institutional Research
Title:
Data Governance Manager
Address:
University Hall 308, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Jessie Fernandes, M.S.

Department:
Computing & Telecommunications
Title:
Programmer Analyst II
Address:
Library Annex 140R, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Burhan Kawosa, CFA, FRM

Department:
AVP-Financial Operations
Title:
Associate Vice President, Financial Operations
Address:
University Hall 328, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Nova M. Lasky, B.S., M.Ed.

Department:
Chief Operating Officer
Title:
Director, Organizational Planning & Project Management
Address:
University Hall 250, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Bruce Martin Mackh

Department:
AP-Associate Provost
Title:
Vice Provost for Assessment & Chief Accreditation Officer

Susan Schaurer, M.S.

Department:
VP_Student Success Admin
Title:
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Address:
University Hall 264, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Aaron M Skira, Ed.D.

Department:
Institutional Research
Title:
Director Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Address:
University Hall 306, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Michael Stankas, B.S.C.E.

Department:
Computing & Telecommunications
Title:
Chief Information Officer
Address:
Library Annex 140G, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Amy Thompson

Department:
Provost
Title:
Provost and Senior Vice President Academic Affairs
Address:
University Hall 256, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001