New Article: Democratizing Data With an Equity Lens

Posted by Inside Higher Ed on November 23, 2021

By sharing the right data, higher ed leaders can use the collective expertise on their campus to identify and dislodge barriers to student success and advance equitable outcomes.

Over the past year, colleges and universities have gained valuable experience collecting, analyzing and disseminating data. They initiated much of this work in response to the devastating impact of the global health crisis and the need to develop centralized dashboards to monitor the well-being of their campus communities.

But while institutions published many of those dashboards with the singular goal of keeping the public informed of conditions on the ground, some efforts have also leveraged data to determine how to better support students in the virtual learning environment—addressing such topics as food and housing security, mental and emotional well-being, and technological needs. This data collection and analysis continually pointed to one truth: to make impactful decisions, you need to gather information that you can understand and trust.

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