Assessment Practices: Data Driven Decision Making in Higher Ed

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
Location:Crow Building Room 195 (Cox Business School) (view map)

For many in higher education, the process of "assessment" is understood and practiced. However, learning how to successfully apply that data and make decisions with that data – that final step in the assessment process – can be a challenge. 

In today’s turbulent times, "closing that loop" is more important than ever. Understanding how to use data collected to improve programs; allocate human and financial resources; market services and communicate accomplishments can be a valuable skill in making difficult, but important decisions.

In this webinar, you will learn:

Assessment Data Distribution (Pre-decision Phase)

  • Identifying what data is to key to share
  • Matching key data "owners" with the collected data
  • How to choose what to share and how to share it
  • Group distributions: Can data go too far?

Data in The Decision Making Process

  • Staff performance, metrics and staffing models to design staffing patterns
  • Budget allocations. Program by program assessment with measurable impact.
  • Grants and Fund raising. Analysis of efforts versus revenues achieved.
  • Examining program decisions, development, goals and metrics
  • Short term planning with assessment data in hand
  • Long range plan with assessment data as a guide

Presenting and Sharing Data (Supporting Decisions)

  • Making data accessible
  • The ethics of data driven decisions
  • Successful strategies for presenting data driven decisions
  • Building consensus for "unpopular" decisions
  • The critical element of transparency in the process

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