Communities of PracticeEvents

SHEEO Communities of Practice: Improving Equity and Opportunity through Postsecondary Data

Sep 28th—Sep 29th, 2022
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 multi-faceted 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 September 28th and 29th, 2022, 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, and policy analysts and academic affairs and DEI officers to explore practical uses of postsecondary data systems for improving equity and opportunity. 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 in other states.

The Community of Practice will explore topics such as:

  • Developing shared equity and opportunity definitions, metrics, and goals.
  • Thinking through the value and implications of disaggregated data.
  • Investing in opportunity and equity perspectives and data to meet attainment goals.
  • Building connections between opportunity, equity, data, and economic outcomes.
  • Communicating opportunity and equity efforts, outcomes, and successes to stakeholders.

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, research, or policy analysis. The BMGF will defray all travel costs related to attending the convening.

States interested in participating should submit a letter of interest by July 1, 2022. The letter of interest should include:

  • The names, titles, and organizational affiliations of team members (members are not required to be SHEEO agency staff).
  • A brief description of the state’s current efforts to link, analyze, use, and report data related to postsecondary opportunity and equity.
  • Two to three technical assistance or professional development needs related to postsecondary data as it relates to opportunity and equity efforts and initiatives.

SHEEO offers the following advice to assist your state in submitting a successful letter of interest: Letters should be between two and three pages in length and clearly identify how the goals of the convening align with your state’s current or future activities. The letter should provide specific professional development or technical assistance needs and explain how participating in the convening will assist with those needs.  Information from the letters of interest is used to select state teams, to develop the convening agenda, and to identify potential speakers. State teams are strengthened when they include representatives from multiple organizations and can foster discussion across state agencies.

Letters of interest should be addressed to Dr. Christina Whitfield, SHEEO senior vice president and chief of staff, and emailed to Gloria Auer at