Here’s what several higher ed institutions are doing to break down or connect data silos.
Leading the charge: Office of Institutional Research at Shawnee State University in Ohio
Phase 1 (recently completed)
The three-person office built relationships with the finance office, registrar and admissions office to better understand data concerns and determine where silos could be broken down.
Leading the charge: 12 representatives from all departments at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio
Phase 1 (three years ago)
The team began with an “amnesty period” in which members showed each other the data they captured and discussed how it could be shared and used. Progress: “Everyone began to see there were all types of efficiencies that could be created by working together and consolidating reports,” says Greg Flanik, chief information officer.
Are data silos a big problem in higher ed, and what are the most important reasons for taking them down?
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