Helping higher education institutions graduate to data intelligence

Thought leadership

There are approximately 4,000 colleges and universities in the US and more than 20,000 around the world. Many operate highly complex data ecosystems with large volumes of data spread across on-prem, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. 

It’s clear that data is critical to their success, offering a range of benefits that include:

  • Visibility into academic outcomes
  • Opportunities to enhance student performance
  • Insights that drive strategic decision-making
  • Clarity about where to invest resources
  • Fuel for advanced research

However, many lag behind commercial i and government organizations when it comes to using data to solve strategic institutional challenges, according to a recent study in Science. (1)  

How can institutions of higher education use data to start making strategic decisions? It starts with a data intelligence platform. Get all the details in Collibra Data Intelligence Cloud for Higher Education, our helpful solution brief.

Graduate to data intelligence

It’s no secret that data is key to the educational mission. 

In 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Data Strategy that recognized the essential link between student outcomes and the strategic use of data.

Data underpins digital modernization and is increasingly considered the currency of decision-making. The Department recognizes that a holistic point of view in adopting an agency-wide data strategy is increasingly necessary to effectively meet mission objectives and establish funding priorities. Such a strategy treats data as an asset from which valuable insights can be derived — insights that can be used to inform policy, effectively steward taxpayer funds, and ultimately improve national education outcomes. 

– U.S. Department of Education Data Strategy

In fact, effectively leveraging data can drive deeper insights into the needs of students and faculty. 

In an era of increasing competitiveness, data intelligence is a differentiator that can accelerate the identification of new opportunities, drive the creation of innovative services, and help institutions  respond to changing market conditions (such as the trend to eliminate standardized testing from the application process).

But clearly the existence of more and more data doesn’t mean that it’s being used effectively. At Collibra, we believe that data intelligence is the ability to easily find, understand and access trusted data to enable a data-driven decision making

To speed digital transformation and data modernization initiatives, educational institutions should invest in a data intelligence solution to make data: 

  • More available
  • More discoverable 
  • More accessible
  • More reusable
  • More shareable

Discover more about how Collibra can help in our helpful solution brief.

Why Collibra Data Intelligence Cloud

Collibra Data Intelligence Cloud enables educational institutions to build a data foundation that facilitates data discovery, improves data literacy, and drives collaboration. 

With a comprehensive data intelligence solution like Collibra, colleges and universities can:

  • Ensure secure data governance 
  • Protect sensitive information
  • Foster data integrity at scale

Collibra enables data citizens to rapidly discover, understand, and collaborate with fully governed data. It allows the creation of a federated data marketplace for faster insights and supports popular business intelligence tools such as Tableau. 

Additionally, Collibra simplifies the reporting process in a range of essential areas, including student outcomes; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); and alumni data, ensuring consistency and transparency. It also aids finance teams in understanding financial data usage and tracing data lineage with comprehensive audit trails.

Ultimately, Collibra empowers educational institutions to make better-informed decisions using high-quality data.

Data intelligence is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity in today’s data-driven world. For educational institutions, Collibra Data Intelligence Cloud transforms data into a strategic and competitive asset that drives trusted business outcomes. 

Get a comprehensive overview of Collibra Data Intelligence Cloud for Higher Education and see how we can help you graduate to data intelligence. 

1 “Data blind: Universities lag in capturing and exploiting data” Science Dec 2022

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