Data democratization: A key strategy for creating a campus culture of data informed decision-making

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Like many institutions, Coppin State University entrusted data access to select individuals (e.g., administrators, institutional researchers, program coordinators). President Maria Thompson recognized that a genuine, campus-wide appreciation of data required transparency and accessibility for all faculty and staff. This forged the movement of data democratization, a process of expanding data and the tools to analyze it to a broader audience than traditionally has had access. In other words, data that was “once available to only a select few is now available to everyone” in the organization (Varian, 2008).


In this spirit, Coppin is breaking down silos by giving data access to all faculty and staff, empowering them to focus on the university’s ultimate goal: student success. Presenters will discuss the importance of executive leadership in building a data-driven culture in leading change and innovation, technical processes for providing secure access to analytics dashboards, and campus training techniques.



Dr. Dionne N. Curbeam, Director of Instructional Technology & I .T. Training

Mr. Prassad Doddanna, Director of Information Systems

Ahmed El-Haggen, Vice-President of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, Coppin State University

Maria Thompson, President, Coppin State University