Data Governance

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Data Governance

What is data governance?

Data Governance is an emerging discipline that combines data management, data quality and data policies through a system of decision rights. It is not a one-time effort but requires ongoing monitoring to promote continuous improvement. It deals primarily with orchestrating and standardizing the efforts of people and processes to optimize data integrity and quality.

Data Governance Committee (DGC)

The purpose of the Data Governance Committee (DGC) is to create a culture of data quality by monitoring and resolving data issues in the state-wide community and technical college data systems that contain standardized system data elements. The committee is a decision making body that will implement standardized coding schemas, data definitions, policies and quality control. The DGC will also work closely with the ctcLink project.

Each Washington Association of Community and Technical College (WACTC) commission identified two members to serve on the Data Governance Committee representing one vote, allowing for cross-functional decision making. The committee is sponsored by the Research and Planning Commission to provide oversight and decision making authority over data related issues. Each commission may sponsor a Data Domain Stewards committee to serve as subject matter experts.

The committee developed the charter with recommendations passed down from the original Data Task Force. The Decision Matrix is contained within the Charter. However, every discussion requires the committee to be mindful of all the commissions and their level of involvement.

Data Governance Committee Members - list of committee members pdf

Data Governance Committee Overview - brief overview of the committee structure and purpose pdf

Onboarding document - history and implementation of the committee pdf

Charter - purpose and vision, scope, goals and objectives, guiding principles, and other basic information about the committee pdf

Current Activities - overview of the committee's current activities

Data governance resources

Traveling through Time: National Forum on Education Statistics. (2010). Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems. Book Two of Four: Planning and Developing an LDS (NFES 2011–804). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. pdf


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