Beginning in Fall 2019, Fairmont State undertook a phased approach to augment and sustain the institution’s capacity to consistently manage, store, and utilize data from its databases in order to enhance a robust institutional reporting schema, ensure data privacy and security compliance, and enable informed-decision-making and rigorous research across the University.
In Phase 1, a Data Governance workgroup was established and collectively chose to focus on reviewing and addressing database and reporting issues in most urgent need of address, including procedural and nonprocedural matters, in addition to identifying areas of opportunity to enhance data literacy across the University. Phase one began in November 2019 and was completed in Summer 2020 before a general monitoring period was instituted so the team could address issues related to COVID-19 and the phased return to campus.
In Phase 2, a Data Governance workgroup will focus on developing procedures, policies, and best practices for maintaining and monitoring data integrity, data access, data usage in addition to increasing data literacy. Phase two will begin in February 2022.