Communities of PracticeEvents

Communities of Practice: Connecting Funding Formulas to State Goals Using Postsecondary Data

Apr 11th—Apr 12th, 2023
Denver, Colorado

Call for State Teams

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) is pleased to announce the next installment of its Communities of Practice project. This multifaceted project promotes the effective use of state postsecondary data systems and provides a forum for states to work on solutions to common issues with those systems. This work is funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

SHEEO will hold the next in an ongoing series of Communities of Practice convenings on April 11-12, 2023, in Denver, CO. The Communities of Practice convenings are a valuable opportunity for states to connect with their peers and reflect in-depth on the capacities, uses, and barriers to their data systems. This two-day meeting will provide an opportunity for state data practitioners, researchers, policy analysts, and finance officers and analysts to explore practical uses of postsecondary data systems for developing and improving funding formulas. This convening will launch an ongoing network for participants to share best practices and shared experiences and to workshop strategies and solutions with their counterparts across the country.

The April 11-12 Community of Practice will explore topics such as:

  • Developing and implementing equity metrics.
  • Operationalizing data elements and metrics that align with state goals (e.g., workforce and economic development).
  • Communicating funding formula data elements and metrics to stakeholders.
  • Building bridges to improve the sharing and connections between student-level and finance data.
  • Using data to improve cost analysis for input-based formula components.
  • Integrating data in capital funding processes.
  • Using data to support and inform the funding formula review process.

Participants will include teams from up to 15 states, SHEEO staff, BMGF staff, and subject-matter experts from national P20W organizations. State teams should be comprised of three to four members with responsibility for postsecondary data systems, development and maintenance of funding formulas, research, or policy analysis. The BMGF will defray all travel costs related to attending the convening.

How to Participate

The deadline to submit letters of interest has passed.


Tentative Schedule At-A-Glance

April 11-12, 2023

Sonesta Downtown Denver Hotel

Denver, CO  

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.          Breakfast Available 

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.          Welcome Remarks  

8:45 – 9 a.m.                Communities of Practice Overview 

9:00 – 10 a.m.             Opening Keynote Presentation 

10 – 10:15 a.m.            Break 

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.        General Session Presentation 

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.        State Team Time 

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.      Lunch 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.         General Session Presentation 

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.           Break 

1:45 – 4:30 p.m.          Extended General Session Presentation 

4:30 – 5 p.m.               Day One Wrap-Up 

5:30 – 6 p.m.               Reception 

6 – 8 p.m.                     Dinner 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.          Breakfast Available 

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.           Welcome Day Two 

8:40 – 9:40 a.m.          General Session Presentation 

9:40 – 9:55 a.m.            Break 

9:55 – 10:55 a.m.          General Session Presentation

10:55 – 11:40 a.m.          State Team Time 

11:40 – 12:30 p.m.        Lunch 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.           General Session Presentation 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.            State Team Time 

2:30 – 3 p.m.                 Closing Remarks