University of Chicago Context

In a management model not uncommon in higher education, units of the University maintain a degree of operational autonomy.  Academic and administrative units at the local level have developed and implemented local data standards, practices, and policies for the administrative and operational data they collect and manage.  These data, however, are vital assets of the University as a whole and are used to support decision-making, institutional operations, and external reporting by central University leaders.  Thus, unit-level policies on the quality, privacy, security, and preservation of administrative data have an impact on the University as a whole, across domains as varied as risk management, legal and regulatory compliance, research administration, and public relations.

Leadership has recognized that it is an ongoing task of strategic importance to improve coordination and internal communications to overcome inconsistencies and vulnerabilities in how administrative data are maintained, managed, and shared across the University.