SHEEO’s Strong Foundations Project

SHEEO’s Strong Foundations project seeks to understand the state of postsecondary data systems. Multiple iterations of the Strong Foundations survey and associated reports document the content, capacity, and effective use of state postsecondary data systems. All of the Strong Foundations content is available for download, including the Strong Foundations reports, white papers, and presentations.

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The State of Postsecondary Data Systems

Increasing Organizational Capacity for Data Literacy

This presentation provides an overview of the postsecondary data environment including what state-level postsecondary systems collect, conditions for effective use of state-level postsecondary data, and best practice examples.
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Assessing and Improving State Data Systems (PSURS)

This presentation reviews the role of Postsecondary Student Unit Record Systems (PSURS) in data policy discussions, highlights major issues facing these systems, and identifies a list of action items to improve PSURS.
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Integrating Independent Institutions in Postsecondary Data Systems

This white paper explores benefits and challenges to incorporating independent institutions into state data systems, which was the topic of a Community of Practice convening in March, 2018.Communities of Practice: Integrating Independent Institutions in Postsecondary Data Systems
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Coordinating Data Governance in Washington

Effective Use of State Data Systems

This white paper discusses the coordination in the State of Washington between multiple agencies resulting in a central warehouse for data from multiple sectors, enabling important longitudinal research.
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Data-Informed Policy Innovations in Tennessee

Effective Use of State Data Systems

This white paper discusses efforts at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to support policy innovation with data and information resources.
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Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security in Arkansas

Effective Use of State Data Systems

This paper provides an overview of the Arkansas Research Center’s philosophical approach to ensuring privacy and confidentiality of student data and their advanced technological methodology for safeguarding data security.

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