Building Data Literacy

On-Demand Webinar

Colleges are awash in data, but faculty and administrators may struggle to get from data to action. Data literacy—the ability to find, interpret, and use good data—is the first step in making data-informed decisions and a crucial skill for today’s university administrators. But numerous challenges make it hard to achieve campus-wide data literacy, from siloed data storage to skepticism to “dashboard fatigue.”

  • Watch our on-demand webinar to hear Rodger Patience, EAB Director and Faculty Member, share strategies for building data literacy, as well as lessons from his own experience on how to engage data skeptics in productive conversation.

    Attendees will learn:

    • What data literacy is and why it matters
    • The five aspects of data literacy: from finding to interpreting to using data
    • How you can remove barriers to data literacy on your campus
    • How to engage three common “data skeptics”

  • Meet our Expert

    Rodger Patience, Director and Faculty Member

    Rodger Patience is a Director and Faculty Member on EAB’s Academic Performance Solutions team. He works with both member-facing colleagues and the DC-based team of data scientists and software developers to help improve academic decision making and benchmarking. As a faculty member at EAB since 2014, Rodger has coached leaders in higher education on topics such as leading amidst uncertainty, change management, accountability, the foundations of finance, and the art of data-driven conversation.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Rodger spent 15 years in database management for fundraising and business process improvement, first at the Field Museum of Natural History and then at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), an academic medical center in downtown Chicago. Rodger holds a BA in English from Eastern Illinois University and is currently pursuing coursework at Bexley Seabury Seminary and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

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