Robust data infrastructure and a culture of evidence is at the heart of improving student success and advancing equity. That’s why APLU’s Powered by Publics (PxP) initiative, in collaboration with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and with financial support, has launched a Data Literacy Institute. The project targets a network of Powered by Publics institutions to bring together cross-departmental teams for the purpose of enhancing the use of data to improve equitable student outcomes.
AIR developed the Data Literacy Institute, which is tailored to the needs of each institution. The course provides data literacy training and supports participants as they work together to apply their new data literacy skills to a student success challenge at their institution. In Fall 2021, the first cohort of five institutions began the course. For each institution, a team of 20 individuals from across the institution – including faculty, advisors, administrators, and staff involved with student learning, development, or support work – meet weekly throughout the academic year engaging in a team-based approach to learning and applying data literacy skills in a group activity designed to solve a current institutional problem. The Institute is comprised of two, three-month terms in which each month focuses on a different subject. Each week, participants participate in webinars, virtual seminars, and independent/group work such as group readings, activities, and exercises, culminating in a collaborative research project.
The Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Cohort:
- Kent State University
- Montclair State University
- Oakland University
- University of Minnesota Duluth
- Wright State University
The Fall 2022-Spring 2023 Cohort: