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Spotlight on Strategy with Dr. Braden Hosch

Spotlight on Strategy with Dr. Braden Hosch

At the IEHE, we are always excited to have the opportunity to highlight the incredible work being done by our colleagues. As part of the launch of Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities: From Understanding to Implementation, edited by our own Kristina Powers, we’re bringing you a series of profiles of the higher education professionals who share their knowledge and expertise in the book.

Dr. Braden Hosch serves as Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness for Stony Brook University. He wrote Chapter 2: Key Elements of a Data Strategy discusses the components of a data strategy so that institutions can utilize one or more common models when creating their own.

Head shot of Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities author Dr. Braden Hosch.

In the process of research for the chapter, Braden learned that financial markets are beginning to value companies beyond what they make or do, to include the data they possess. And colleges and universities are repositories of a lot of data, and are only beginning to understand its value. The world is becoming increasingly data-centric, as more of our lives becomes digitized. As a result, individuals and institutions need to rethink how we organize and process data.

Key Chapter Takeaways

If you can only remember one thing from the Chapter, Braden says, remember this:

If data strategy isn’t written down and communicated broadly, it’s not a strategy. It’s a secret.

Dr. Braden Hosch On the Process of Writing

Braden cautions other writers not to feel you have to write a perfect first draft. Just take the plunge. The process of writing itself helps clarify your thinking. And it allows you to distill disparate concepts down to the most important issues.


An Excerpt from Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities:


Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities: ...A data strategy is an intentional action plan to capture, integrate, and use data to advance an institution’s mission and goals. This chapter seeks to extend beyond theory into practice by describing seven key elements of an effective data strategy: (1) data acquisition, (2) data governance, (3) data quality, (4) data access, (5), data literacy and usage, (6) data extraction and reporting, and (7) data analytics. Many of these can be reconfigured to fit organizational context and maturity, but all must remain present in some form. By incorporating these components in its data strategy, an institution will ensure the availability of sufficient quality data to advance the institution’s mission and goals.

Want to read more? Order your copy of Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities: From Understanding to Implementation now! You can also read more about the chapter authors and an extended excerpt from the book.

Once you have a data strategy for your institution, whom should you share it with? Who needs to know so that your strategy isn’t a secret, it’s an approach embraced by stakeholders? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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