Aerial view of campus

Data Governance

Guiding Principles

  • Data is owned by the university – it does not belong to any specific unit.
  • Data is a university asset that should be leveraged, managed, and protected, and its governance is a shared institutional responsibility.
  • Data should be corrected at the source system when possible.
  • Data quality enforcement and improvement is ultimately the responsibility of the system owners.
  • Data stewards should determine approaches for remediation and ensure remediation task assignments are completed in a timeline consistent with university priorities.


Aligning data governance priorities with university strategic objectives
Sea of Sunflowers

Define & Document

Identify core data
Standardize definitions/terms
Document assumptions, source system, logic applied, etc.
Jayhawk Statue in front of Strong Hall


Formal certification process
Data Quality Scorecards
Statue of Two Men

Change Control

Change evaluation process
Communication channel & notifications

Fountain and flower garden


Data available to appropriate user at appropriate summarization level
Obscuring data for small sample sizes
Prevention of accidental or intentional data breach