ODU had been encouraging the use of data in decision making, but campus-wide accessibility to robust data was limited. As a result, deans and department chairs felt removed from the budgeting process.
Through a partnership with Academic Performance Solutions (APS), ODU provided training and access to unit-level data to over 100 academic leaders across campus.
By embedding APS data into standard budgeting procedures, ODU was able to empower academic leaders across campus with the information they needed to enact immediate operational changes and craft long-term budget plans, in addition to promoting a culture of transparency.
Putting Data into the Hands of Academic Leaders
Much of ODU’s success in building a more data-informed culture can be traced to the thoughtful and strategic rollout of APS analytics on campus. In partnership with their APS dedicated consultant, ODU’s senior leadership adopted the following principles that helped generate buy-in and support from their deans and department chairs
Transforming the Budgeting Process
The launch of the APS Platform was timed to precede the annual budget process. Immediately following training, deans prepared their budget proposals by asking that all chairs submit data-informed requests, similar to the scenarios presented during training.
Early Outcomes from Inclusion of APS Data in Budget Development
Three APS Analyses to Support Your Budget Process
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