Data has become such a critical element of decision making in higher education, that every department seems to have its own sources, methods of analyses, and reports. Unfortunately, this often means different figures for similar measures, and leaves leadership wondering which numbers are the ‘right’ ones. Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities: From Understanding to Implementation discusses how institutions are turning to institutional data strategy to bring together data collection and analysis elements throughout the entire organization into one unified plan and goals. Similar to an institutional strategic plan, the data strategy allows for individual departments to have flexibility to develop their data and analyses goals, while aligning with institutional data goals. This book brings together authors from different higher education experiences and perspectives to explore key considerations necessary for the development of an effective data strategy.