Dreams Do Become Reality: An Institution’s Decision-Support Journey

Presented by Gayle Fink, Bowie State University, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Tim Vlamis, Vlamis Software Solutions, Vice President & Analytics Strategist

May 31, 2023 (1:45 PM – 2:30 PM CT) at 2023 AIR Forum

Bowie State University, Maryland’s oldest HBCU, has been on a 10-year journey in developing, sharing, and using data in decision-making. This session will highlight the many twists and turns encountered by the Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability along the way. An overview of the journey highlighting key events that led to the institution’s current decision-support structure will set the stage for the session. The presenters will then share the factors that lead to the realization that a technology partner was necessary to successfully launch a data warehouse as well as a retrospective on human and technical challenges/opportunities along the current phase of the journey. A live demonstration of the front and back end of decision-support data visualizations including post-graduation outcomes will be shared. The session will close with a conversation about best practices for training and supporting campus leadership use of data.

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