Project
Building Blocks: Basic Data Equity Principles in the Quality Enhancement Plan
Description
This project uses the QEP process as a catalyst for enhancing data literacy and equity conversations at the institution. The institutional Data Equity Team will work with the QEP Committee to incorporate Data Equity principles into the QEP.
Data Foundations
2-Year Institution
PWI
Alabama
Olivia Dodd
Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment/SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison
Emily Bailey
Assistant to the Director of Institutional Planning and Assessment/SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison
Evidence

Institutional mission and strategic plan language support the use of disaggregated data to explore the effectiveness of the institution's educational opportunities.

Goal

The goal of this project is to increase use of disaggregated data to identify equity gaps and increase data literacy to help the institution reach its strategic goals. The Data Equity Team will acquire comprehensive knowledge of data literacy through training and professional development. During the QEP planning process, relevant data will be retrieved from the institution's systems. Additional data will be retrieved from the Alabama Community College System's Data Access Exchange. Data will be analyzed in disaggregated form as determined by the QEP committee with assistance from the Data Equity Team. Training will be provided as needed to campus divisions/departments that need to review or use data in decision-making.

Lessons Learned

Our project's progress has been purposefully slow. Administrators at our institution are experiencing initiative fatigue, so we feel our project will be more successful if we slowly integrate data equity concepts and best practices into our strategic planning process over time. One key step in this integration is using the planning phase of our institution's upcoming QEP, which is part of our Decennial Reaffirmation process, to introduce new approaches for disaggregating data. We will use the QEP planning process as a catalyst for increasing data literacy and starting conversations about equity.