“Leveraging Data Quality to Improve Institutional Efficiency”, that’s a mouthful of big words. When I was first asked to write on this topic, I thought, “What does that even mean?” Well, like any good author/engineer, I broke it up into smaller pieces to try and make sense of it.
Leveraging Data Quality to Improve Institutional Efficiency
Okay, now we have something we can work with. The idea is to compile data, but only the best data that will help with finding ways to improve the way a school or college uses its resources to educate the student population.
So, what makes good, high quality data? According to TechTarget, “data quality is a perception or an assessment of data’s fitness to serve its purpose in a given context. Aspects of data quality include:
What security data can be collected and analyzed to make improvements at an educational institution? How will it stand up to the aspects of quality data? Here are just a few of the pieces of quality security data that a worthy piece of software will collect and present to the right people.
Let’s match our list of data with the aspects of quality data for a good understanding of what it would take for a software security system to provide quality data that can be leveraged to improve your institution’s efficiency.
Software by nature is accurate and complete. When that is combined with the storage of data in a relational database, then accessibility and presentation are covered. A structured query language can rearrange, sort and combine the data in a number of ways to make the data as useful, and readable as possible. The software is configured to constantly store information surrounding self-service and login actions. Having the recording of this relevant data performed through software can guarantee accuracy and completeness. Finally, providing a web interface for easy access to multiple and customizable reports is imperative.
“Leveraging Data Quality to Improve Institutional Efficiency”
Hopefully, this article has shed a little more light on Data Quality at your institution and how the school can benefit from quality data.
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(Tom Redman<Redman, T.C. (2008). Data driven: Profiting from your most important business asset (p. 56). Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business Press.>).