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Information Management and Analytics Committee

An enterprise Information Management & Analytics plan and its associated policies and standards will enable the effective use and management of institutional data resources as a partnership between the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance & Operations led by the University Chief Data Officer (CDO).

Functions of the Information Management and Analytics Committee (IMAC)

The CDO will lead an Information Management & Analytics Committee (IMAC) that will govern all University data by developing data policies and processes that define cascading roles and responsibilities, promote compliance with regulations and best practices, and contribute to a data conscientious culture. The IMAC will work closely with University leadership in order to define strategic data projects. Additionally, working in concert with CCIT and other campus stakeholders, the IMAC will lead data architecture planning and the support data analytics initiatives for the University. The initial committee will be comprised of the CDO (ex officio) and two appointees each at the discretion of the EVPAA, EVPFO, and CIO. The size and constitution may change subject to approval by the EVPAA, EVPFO, and CIO.

IMAC guides data governance at Clemson.

The data governance charge of the IMAC will serve the following purposes:

  • Establish cascading policies, procedures, and processes for data governance including the data management roles and responsibilities of Data Trustees and Data Stewards
  • Work closely with the Chief Information Security Officer to ensure institutional data is protected and secure
  • Guide the production of metadata for enterprise data resources
  • Work closely with the Offices of Compliance and Legal Counsel to ensure policies and processes are aligned with external regulations and to minimize risk to the University
  • By centralizing existing data management, access, and control functions, Clemson can more effectively promote institutional data as a strategic asset, mitigate data breach risks, simplify the current complex process for obtaining data access, and establish clear lines of accountability and decision authority.

IMAC guides data architecture at Clemson

The data architecture charge of the team will serve the following purposes:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a robust data architecture strategy by coordinating with the data warehouse team in CCIT
  • Lead the creation of certified data sources: accurate, reliable, and consistent data sources with appropriate metadata
  • Engage with data trustees and data stewards to define appropriate data models, definitions, and lineage for all domains
  • Democratize and standardize data access and consumption according to defined needs and roles
  • Transform the culture of Clemson to a data-driven one, where data is regarded and treated as an essential university resource
  • With a robust data architecture strategy in place, Clemson will become more responsive and more effective in analysis for decision support, planning, and operations.  Creation of certified data sources will reduce data preparation workload, increase analytical throughput, and promote the quality of source data and data analysis.  Additionally, utilizing controlled data access mechanisms will increase security and reduce risks related to direct data access. Systems supporting this effort will be considered as mission critical.

IMAC guides data analytics at Clemson

  • The data analytics charge of the IMAC will serve the following purposes:
  • Enable university leaders to make strategic decisions through access to transformational, actionable data and analytics
  • Leverage data as a competitive advantage for the University utilizing advanced analytical tools and models
  • Proactively identify and provide optimized business solutions through data analytics
  • Provide enterprise-quality resources and tools

Data analytics will be a critical component of the initiative as access to timely and actionable insights is key. The IMAC will support or direct the production of enterprise-quality dashboards, visualizations and standard reporting that will inform university stakeholders and leaders.

Committee Membership

Carla Bennett (representing Academic Affairs), Director of Academic Finance, Office of the Provost

Matt Chambers (representing Finance & Operations), Executive Director of Visual Analytics, Institutional Effectiveness

Billy Cook (representing IT), Executive Director of Enterprise Systems & Applications, CCIT

Greg Carlton (representing Finance & Operations), Finance & Operations

David Kuskowski (representing Academic Affairs), Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs

John Hoyt (representing IT), Chief Information Security Officer, CCIT

Ben Wiles (ex officio), Chief Data Officer